Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Planetary Science

Winter 2017 Starts Today!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The start of Winter 2017 took place on campus today at 8:28AM with the Winter Solstice gracing our skies.

Although the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, it will mark the longest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

So, whereas the North Pole will be in darkness for almost 24 hours today, those living near the South Pole will experience almost 24 hours of daylight.

Another fun fact is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will create your longest noonday shadow of the year.

So be sure to take a peek at your shadow at noon.

In addition, take notice to how low the Sun is in the sky at noon during the solstice as opposed to other times of the year.