Happy Winter Solstice!

At 10.44 GMT today the south pole will be pointing as much as it ever does towards the sun.

The sun will be over the most southerly part of the Earth that it ever reaches - the Tropic of Capricorn - and it will be the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and longest in the southern.

Sunrise and sunset will be the most southerly for the year and the sun will be lower in the sky (in the NH) for any given time of day than on any other day of the year. In the middle of the day the sun will be a whopping 47 degrees lower in the sky than in midsummer.

Less solar energy will reach the northern hemisphere today than on any other day. And other festive thoughts... Happy Solstice!

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