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Winter solstice - northern and southern

Solstices are opposite on either side of the equator, so the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere is the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere and vice versa.

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Northern Hemisphere winter solstice

(North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, northern Africa)

December solstice 2015: December 22, at 04:48 UTC.

Southern Hemisphere winter solstice

(Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa)

June solstice 2015: June 21, at 16:38 UTC.

When is the Winter Solstice in my city?

First day of winter?

In the USA and some other areas in the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the first day of winter. However, the official date for the first day of winter varies depending on the country's climate.

Topics: Astronomy, Seasons, December, June, Sun, Earth


Solstices & equinoxes

  1. Spring / Vernal equinox
  2. Summer solstice
  3. Autumnal / Fall equinox
  4. Winter solstice
  5. Equal day & night?
  6. Seasons: Astronomical vs Meterological

Equinox & Solstice in Culture

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