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Winter Solstice Tomorrow

The Southern Hemisphere experiences Winter Solstice at 5:13am on Sunday 22 June 2003. This is the moment when the Sun reaches its northern most point in the sky. Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The day will be 9 hours and 32 minutes long.

Solstice occurs because the Earth tilts by 23.5% relative to the sun's position, between winter and summer solstice. The sun's axis of rotation is fixed relative to the North Star and not the sun.

People have celebrated festivals and religious ceremonies around solstice times, particularly winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. The themes surround death and birth and warmth to grow crops. Temperatures actually peak about a month after solstices because of the time taken for earth to warm up or cool down after the amount of sunshine changes

Posted Saturday, 21 June 2003

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