Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Winter solstice: Why is it the shortest day of the year?

Google Marks Winter Solstice Shortest Day Of The Year With A Doodle Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday
Doris Mccormick | 21 December, 2018, 23:40

Some Scandinavian and Germanic peoples in northern Europe celebrate with Yule, a day of gathering and gift giving.

Every full moon has a different name depending on what time of year it falls.

The Tor provides the ideal vantage point to watch the sunrise on the shortest day of the year, being much higher than the surrounding ground.

Across the world in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the ancient stonewalled Mayan city of Tulum also has a structure honoring the solstices.

On mornings around the winter solstice a beam of light travels through a hole in Newgrange and lights up a 19 metre passage.

Pagans led traditional celebrations at the prehistoric site in County Meath, Ireland.

Winter Solstice in China is referred to as the Dongzhi Festival. For Jews, the winter solstice is called "Tekufat Tevet", which marks the start of winter.

Fed lifts rates for 4th time this year but sees fewer hikes
USA junk bonds sold off sharply, with their ETFs falling 0.9 percent, the biggest decline since March 1. The euro rose to $1.1368 from $1.1357 and the British pound dipped to $1.2621 from $1.2639.


'I can’t hide my disgust, my disdain’: judge lambasts Michael Flynn
He left the district court in Washington DC on Tuesday to chants of "Lock him up" from a small but noisy group of protesters. Trump has said he fired Flynn because he also lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the contacts with Kislyak .


Apple must take China iPhone ban seriously, Qualcomm warns
Qualcomm believes that Apple continues to break two of its patents, despite the distributed system update last night. The iPhone manufacturer said that it would use a software update to comply with the court order.


What is the winter solstice? It's what many consider the first day of winter.

2018's winter solstice is bringing a full moon and possible meteor shower with it!

The December Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination, that's when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the Sun.

The full moon will actually occur on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 12:49 p.m., according to Space.com, but it will appear full both Friday night and Saturday night to the casual stargazer.

It claims that because of a mismatch between the calendar and solar year, the December solstice is not fixed to a specific date.

This is when when the sun appears to be at its southernmost point in the sky; as such, the Southern Hemisphere has its longest day of the year, and the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day of the year, on the December solstice, according to EarthSky.

Recommended

  • Trump Defends Move to Risk Government Shutdown

    Trump Defends Move to Risk Government Shutdown

    Trump has bounced back and forth with mixed messages. "The president is doing everything that he can to shut the government down. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned senators they may need to return to Washington for a noontime vote on Friday.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends message to Paul Pogba in first interview

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends message to Paul Pogba in first interview

    The club is running a process to find the next manager so I'm going to be myself in the meantime with [assistants] Mick [Phelan], Kieran [McKenna] and Michael [Carrick].
    U.S.  to send asylum seekers back to Mexico to wait out requests

    U.S. to send asylum seekers back to Mexico to wait out requests

    The Trump administration has been setting limits on the number of people allowed to claim asylum at those ports of entry per day. Immigrant advocates questioned the legality of the move. "Only to say that calling me a liar is fighting words", she said .
  • Did the Right Person Win 'The Voice' Season 15?

    Did the Right Person Win 'The Voice' Season 15?

    During the auditions, Clarkson mentioned that she's friends with McAnally, who is one of Nashville's most influential songwriters. Shepherd, a country singer, wowed this season with performances of songs including LeAnn Rimes' "Blue".
    Michelle Obama on 2017 inauguration: 'Bye, Felicia'

    Michelle Obama on 2017 inauguration: 'Bye, Felicia'

    During the second segment of an interview to promote FFLOTUS' new book " Becoming ", host Jimmy Fallon asked Mrs. President Donald Trump had just been inaugurated and the Obamas' time in the White House had come to an end.
    Could Carlos Beltran be part of the Yankees' pitch to Manny Machado?

    Could Carlos Beltran be part of the Yankees' pitch to Manny Machado?

    The 26-year-old Machado is one of the top free agents available, along with outfielder Bryce Harper . After Aaron Boone was hired , Beltran said he turned down an adviser/assistant role with the team.
  • Redskins' Montae Nicholson placed on non-injury list

    Redskins' Montae Nicholson placed on non-injury list

    According to reports , Nicholson and a female assaulted a man and a woman after allegedly honking their auto horns at the victim. Nicholson and Maggiore are accused of assaulting the man, while Maggiore is also accused of striking the woman with a bottle.
    'Today' Sent Off Karl Stefanovic With A Glowing Speech This Morning

    'Today' Sent Off Karl Stefanovic With A Glowing Speech This Morning

    Despite recent denials from Channel Nine that Peter Stefanovic was to depart, the news was confirmed on December 17. In the same statement, Karl Stefanovic admitted it had been a "tough time" but thanked viewers for their support.
    Jurgen Klopp reveals how Reds can pip Manchester City to the title

    Jurgen Klopp reveals how Reds can pip Manchester City to the title

    The desire I see at City after being such clear champions a year ago , I think that's special. Liverpool are now on top of the Premier League table this term with 45 points from 17 games.
  • U.S. surgeon general warns of teenage risks from e-cigarettes

    U.S. surgeon general warns of teenage risks from e-cigarettes

    Maggie Fox is a senior writer for NBC News and TODAY, covering health policy, science, medical treatments and disease. An e-cigarette cartridge, or pod, can hold the same amount of nicotine as a regular pack of 20 cigarettes.
    Spider-Man on PS4 gets Sam Raimi suit in free update

    Spider-Man on PS4 gets Sam Raimi suit in free update

    Insomniac Games announced on Thursday that the 1.13 update is out and includes the suit from Raimi's films as a free download. " Marvel's Spider-Man" for the PlayStation 4 has been considered one of the best games of the year by gaming fans.
    Mattis reportedly quit after Trump refused to reverse Syria decision

    Mattis reportedly quit after Trump refused to reverse Syria decision

    President Donald Trump once called the array of high-ranking military officers he appointed in his administration "my generals". He identified Russian Federation and China as countries that "want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model".

Rival NBA GMs upset with LeBron James commenting on Anthony Davis' future Rival NBA GMs upset with LeBron James commenting on Anthony Davis' future There's reason for this belief, because we've seen it happen plenty in the past - although the most recent example of Paul George pushed his way out of in only to stay in Oklahoma City.

Qualcomm gets a partial iPhone sales ban in Germany Qualcomm gets a partial iPhone sales ban in Germany Apple said it would appeal the injunction, which is nearly identical to another one issued last week in China. Qualcomm told PCMag today's court ruling also applies to Apple's "European Union entities".

Microsoft has urgently updated the Internet Explorer Microsoft has urgently updated the Internet Explorer You would simply launch Windows Sandbox and when the desktop appear, copy the file you wish to test to the Sandbox desktop. Server editions running IE in restricted mode should not be vulnerable to attacks exploiting this flaw.

Phillies rumors: If offers close, Manny Machado will sign with Yankees Phillies rumors: If offers close, Manny Machado will sign with Yankees Salisbury also reported dinner was scheduled at an undisclosed location before Machado's return trip home to Miami on Friday. But the Yankees have to find a way to keep up with the defending World Series-champion Boston Red Sox .

ISIS may be behind grisly murders of backpackers in Morocco ISIS may be behind grisly murders of backpackers in Morocco Moroccan officials identified the victims as Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway. More than 1,000 Moroccan youths, predominantly from the north of the country, have joined militant groups in the Middle East.

Colorado police arrest fiance of woman who disappeared Colorado police arrest fiance of woman who disappeared Authorities say her phone was tracked and supposedly found in Gooding, Idaho, almost 800 miles away from her home in Colorado. Authorities have confirmed that Berreth's cellphone is in fact in Idaho, but were not able to elaborate on how it got there.

Steve Smith admits he had the chance to stop ball tampering plan Steve Smith admits he had the chance to stop ball tampering plan But despite enduring some horror days following the ball-tampering scandal, Smith admitted he is "heading in the right direction". Smith and Warner are barred from playing professional cricket at the global and domestic level until March 30, 2019.

Samsung Galaxy S10 display leak hints at even thinner bezels Samsung Galaxy S10 display leak hints at even thinner bezels The back of the camera may come with four cameras on the back, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal . With the new name, the Galaxy S10 Edge is likely to sport a dual edge display panel - similar to the Galaxy S10+.

Germany: Amazon sends Alexa recordings to wrong user Germany: Amazon sends Alexa recordings to wrong user After c't reached out to Amazon, it was only a matter of days before the company engaged with all parties involved. When asked for comment on the matter, Amazon sent Gizmodo the same statement it had shared with Reuters .

READ: William Barr's Memo Bashing Robert Mueller's Obstruction Probe READ: William Barr's Memo Bashing Robert Mueller's Obstruction Probe Bush - to serve as the next attorney general, though Barr will have to be confirmed by the Senate. President Donald Trump named William Barr - who was attorney general under President George H.W.

United hoping Solskjaer revives rescue routine - USA United hoping Solskjaer revives rescue routine - USA Although he's won no trophies, not yet, he might win the EFL Cup", Bosnich added. "It's down to man-management". I am one of them. "I've seen more or less every game from Norway, when I've had time from the other job".

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn re-arrested on new allegations Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn re-arrested on new allegations There was no immediate word on Greg Kelly, who was arrested along with Ghosn and whose detention extension was rejected. Renault owns 43.4 percent of Nissan, which holds a 15 percent stake in its French parent but has no voting rights.

Christmas 2018: Sunny, hot Christmas Day forecast for Perth Christmas 2018: Sunny, hot Christmas Day forecast for Perth As we head towards Christmas, we're not expecting a lot of snow in the city, but we'll still get a fair amount on the highways. Historically, says the NWS, the chances of a white Christmas for the region are greater than fifty percent.

Khashoggi: Saudi Arabia modifies intelligence service Khashoggi: Saudi Arabia modifies intelligence service The deadliest country for journalists in 2018 has been Afghanistan, where 13 journalists were killed, the report said. In Syria and Yemen, two of the worst civil-war decimated countries, the fewest journalists were killed since 2011.

ObamaCare unconstitutional? What to know ObamaCare unconstitutional? What to know Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become House speaker in January, vowed to fight what she called an "absurd ruling". As Politico reported on Saturday , however, not all Republicans are enthusiastic about the new decision.