December Solstice

The day of the December solstice is here.   The point where the Sun appears to have reached its southern extent and about to begin the six-month journey back north occurs (or occurred) today, 21 December 2017 at 16:28 UTC / 11:28 EST.

Just for fun  I think I will still go out at the solstice time with a stick and see where the shadow falls.  I always think of doing this to see what I have for landscaping options for creating my own little celestial observatory.

The Earth is not at perihelion on the December solstice; perihelion being that point in our orbit where we are closest to the Sun.  Perihelion occurs on 03 January 2018 at 05:35 UTC / 01:35 EST.  The day and time varies from year to year and this also is the case in the June Solstice /Aphelion timing.

Thanks to timeanddate.com for the graphic – it getting to be a tradition.

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