Happy Solstice! This of course the December solstice. The Sun’s rays are directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. As the Earth continues on its journey around the direct rays of the Sun will move north until the June solstice.
Watch where the Sun sets once a week for a while and and you will see the point move. You can do this at sunrise too. After the June solstice you will see the sunset point start moving in the opposite direction.
Of course we (probably) all know for people in the southern hemisphere this is the longest day of the year thanks to the tilt of the Earth as the image aptly depicts and the shortest day for people in the north. Being in the northern hemisphere one thought always comes to mind about now; as a long time weather man by the name of Stuart Hall used to say: “As the days grow longer the cold grows stronger”.
Time of the December Solstice: 10:44 UTC on 21 December 2016