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Winter Solstice – Shortest Day of the Year

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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The December Solstice.
The December Solstice is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, while in the Southern Hemisphere it's the June Solstice. (Ill not to scale)
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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

In this Article


Equinox & Solstice

  1. March Exquinox
  2. When is the Spring Equinox?
  3. Nearly Equal Night & Day
  4. 10 Facts: March Equinox
  5. June Solstice
  6. Summer Solstice
  7. September Equinox
  8. Autumnal Equinox
  9. December solstice
  10. Winter Solstice

Equinox & Solstice in Culture

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