20
Dec
08

Winter solstice

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The precise moment of the 2008 solstice will be Sun., Dec. 21, 7:04 AM EST (12:04 UT).

The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. Hence the origin of the word solstice, which comes from Latin solstitium, from sol, “sun” and -stitium, “a stoppage.” Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter.

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