First Day of Winter: 4 Fast Facts

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Yuletide Gay Winter Solstice

Though we may have a little mental relief knowing that as the Winter Solstice arrives marking the shortest day of the year & also the longest night, days will be getting longer but America needs to get out of this darkness & become more humanitarian. However our LGBTQ community celebrates the shortest day & longest night, whether alone or with family & friends in the northern hemisphere just remember that the southern hemisphere is basking in sunshine & enjoying the first day of summer. However, if you are eager for longer days, it will get better from tomorrow on.

And now, for the first time ever people from all the world can tune in live to watch this magical phenomenon created by the early Irish some 5000 years ago. This tilt causes each hemisphere to receive different amounts of sunlight throughout the year as our planet orbits the sun. From that point on, periods of daylight get longer.

The word "solstice" originates from the Latin word sol sister, which stands for "sun standing still". And one of the most well-known winter solstice celebration is Yule, the pagan tradition of welcoming the sunrise with gratitude. From the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is seen as taking the shortest and lowest path across the southern sky.

People receive the amount of daylight based on their latitude, which is the distance from the equator.

With only seven hours and 50 minutes of daylight today, sunset is set to take place at 3.53pm GMT today, according to Time and Date website. In Washington, D.C., the sun is up for 9 hours 26 minutes (rising at 7:23 a.m. and setting at 4:49 p.m.). The areas that are marked as green don't receive the sunlight until after 8 a.m.

The second map shows the times of the sunset. Some parts of ME will even see the sunset as early as 3:30 p.m.

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