Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Winter Solstice

What exactly is the winter solstice?
The bleak news: It's the shortest day of the year, meaning the earth's tilt is at 23.5 degrees. As LiveScience
puts it, the top half of the earth will spin on its axis away from the sun. Most of us will experience daylight for only about nine short hours. But it gets worse: The weather will actually get colder. Without sunlight to warm the ocean, temperatures will continue to drop. There is a bright side: From here on out, minute by minute, each day gets a little bit longer. In other words: Countdown to summer. The summer solstice falls around June 21, marking the longest day of the year.