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Winter solstice News

Happy First Day of Winter — It's the shortest day of the year

Today, December 21 is the first day of winter and the beginning of the winter solstice. It is also a day filled with astronomical, scientific and cultural facts that when combined, make for an interesting story.

Artist portrays China's air pollution in 'Winter Solstice'

Beijing - Chinese artist Liu Bolin is well-known for his perfectly camouflaged body paintings, and is often called the "invisible man." His latest work of performance art is a chilling piece that voices his concerns over China's growing air pollution problems.

Shortest day in Northern Hemisphere, but mornings will stay dark

London - If you live in the northern hemisphere, today [December 21] is the shortest day of the year, so surely mornings will start getting lighter from this day forward? Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Op-Ed: Winter Solstice Festival in Kensington Market, Toronto 2013 Special

Toronto - The Winter Solstice celebration in Kensington Market has been a tradition in Toronto for 24 years. Winter Solstice (sometimes called Saturnalia or Yule) is the pagan festival that ancient peoples of Europe celebrated on the shortest day of the year.

British amateur astronomer records sun for 6 months

Dr. Greg Parker, an amateur astronomer in New Forest in southern England, tracked the sun's trails over his garden from the summer to winter solstices with a pin-hole camera he constructed from an empty tea box.

Toronto witnesses rare total lunar eclipse Special

This morning, people in Toronto experienced a rare event: a total lunar eclipse on the same day as the winter solstice. Only once before has this happened in the past 2,000 years, on Dec. 21, 1638.

Old Man Winter arrives with full lunar eclipse early Tuesday

The Winter Solstice, or the day that Old Man Winter is supposed to officially arrive, is on Tuesday, December 21st, at 11:38 pm Coordinated Universal Time (UCT), or in the Eastern Time Zone at 6:38 pm.

Pope Benedict XVI Connects Christmas to the Winter Solstice

According to AsiaNews, Pope Benedict XVI gave a brief lesson today on the unity between faith and science during the reflection offered before the Angelus with the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square. The Winter Solstice begins today.
 

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Shab-e Yalda is celebrated in Iran  Azerbaijan  Afghanistan  Kurdistan  Tajikistan  andTurkey (by Ku...
Shab-e Yalda is celebrated in Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Tajikistan, andTurkey (by Kurds and Azeris) as well as in Holland.
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Sunrise at Stonehenge on the Winter Solstice.
Sunrise at Stonehenge on the Winter Solstice.
Mark Grant
Winter Solstice Festival Parade in Kensington Market 2013
Winter Solstice Festival Parade in Kensington Market 2013
Winter Solstice Festival in Kensington Market
Winter Solstice Festival in Kensington Market
Liu have an unusual way of making a statement about the sense of not being important in the scheme o...
Liu have an unusual way of making a statement about the sense of not being important in the scheme of things many Chinese people have about their lives.
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Winter Solstice is a chilling look at air pollution.
Winter Solstice is a chilling look at air pollution.
Business Insider
The sun s track across the sky was monitored by many ancient people  including the Egyptians. The Te...
The sun's track across the sky was monitored by many ancient people, including the Egyptians. The Temple at Karnak was one the place of worship of the eighteenth dynasty Theban Triad with the god Amun as its head.
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This pinhole camera image captured the paths the Sun blazed over New Forest  England from the summer...
This pinhole camera image captured the paths the Sun blazed over New Forest, England from the summer to winter solstices.
Professor Greg Parker/Newforestobservatory.com