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Silent Night

Today is December 22, the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Here in Minneapolis it is short indeed, at 8 hours and 46 minutes. The sun rises at nearly 8AM, sets at 4:30PM, and never reaches higher than 21.6º above the horizon. This is the price we pay for gloriously long summer days with lingering sunsets and dusky twilights that cling to the western horizon 'till nearly midnight.
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The Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere (Picture Essay of the Day)

Odd : Britannica Blog (4 years ago)

Today marks the 2010 winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest day of the year, when darkness begins and ends the workday, leaving many of us to wonder whether the Sun ever did rise. But today is also an annual turnin... Read Post

May Winter Solstice mark a shift in consciousness, a change in worldview

Religion : On Faith: Guest Voices (2 years ago)

Winter solstice is the longest night and shortest day of the year. A time of ending and new beginnings as now the days will slowly begin to lengthen again. For Pagans, Solstice is symbolically the night when the Sun Child is reborn ... Read Post

What is the Shortest Day of the Year?

Hobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds (5 years ago)

This year, Monday, 21 December, is the winter solstice, often known as the shortest day of the year, at least for those in the northern hemisphere.  The winter solstice in 2009 will feature nine hours and sixteen minutes of daylight... Read Post


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