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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.