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Winter Solstice: When is Your Shortest Day of the Year?

Winter Solstice: When is Your Shortest Day of the Year?

{ It is He who made the sun a shining light and the moon a derived light and determined for it phases – that you may know the number of years and account [of time]. Allah has not created this except in truth. He details the signs for a people who know.} (Surat Yunus 10:5).

The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight hours. It’s the peak of the winter season astronomically, however, not the coldest period of winter meteorologically because of geographical and climatological reasons.

The winter solstice in 2016 for the Northern Hemisphere of Planet Earth will be at 10:44 a.m. UTC on Wednesday, December 21. At the same time in the Southern Hemisphere, that day is the Summer Solstice marking the longest day of the year.

The solstice marks the moment the sun shines at its most southern point, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn when there is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and conversely over the Tropic of Cancer when it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere in countries of Southwest Asia, Oceania and South America.

Linguistically, the word solstice means “sun stand” or “sun stands still”; pretty meaningful in describing the apparent path of the sun for observers on earth during this phenomenon.


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