Winter Solstice

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Learn more about the wonderful phenomenon that is the winter solstice with this helpful fact sheet.

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Winter Solstice

  1. 1. Facts about the winter Witness solstice Why does it happen? The earth spins on an axis – a line tthat The he • It takes its name from the Latin phrase ‘sun stands still’ (sol + stice) • The winter solstice falls every year goes th oes through the two poles. The axi is he axis titled 23.5 degrees which is why we experien four seasons. This is why half perience around December 21st or the 22nd. Wonder Of • It celebrates the return of the summer light of the E f Earth receives more sun than the other half. n The W Winter • One theory suggests Stonehenge was built to celebrate the winter solstice • Astronomy suggests the earth’s orbit tilts Solstice. olstice. away from the sun. After winter solstice, the Earth begins to tilt back with every passing day – a return to spring.There are many locations The winter solsticewhere you can observe this marks the…phenomenon around the UK. • Shortest day and the longest night of the yearLearn new skills and meet new • Start of longer days leading up to summer. • Years darkest daypeople by volunteeri olunteering, which • First day of winter in the Northernis both exciting and rewarding. hemisphere and the first day of summer in the Southern hemisphere • When the sun is closest to the Earth during winter solstice, creating the least amount of daylight.

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