Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy winter solstice

Today at 19:47 Israel time, the Sun will appear to stop (thus "Sol stat" from the Latin) on it yearly journey to the south and begin to turn around. This has the effect of making today the shortest day of the year, with the sun only up10 hours and 5 minutes.

Although this is the official 1st day of winter in the norther hemisphere (also known as midwinter day) the days will actually start to get longer starting tomorrow. However, don't put away your winter clothes yet. Due to the large thermal mass of water on the globe (75%) it will continue to get colder through Jan.

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