Five things you should know about the shortest day of the year

WOLFHOUND WATCHERS Members of the Irish Wolfhound Club of Ireland with some of their charges at Newgrange for the Winter Solstice. Misty conditions unfortunately blocked the solstice sunrise from entering the chamber this year

What time is sunset on the shortest day of the year?

Winter solstice is on December 21 each year When is the winter solstice in 2017?

In Boone the sun will rise at 7:34 a.m. EST and set at 5:15 p.m. EST for a day's length of 9 hours and 41 minutes and 40 seconds. In the US and other parts of the hemisphere, the winter solstice also signifies the first official day of winter.

So what's behind the winter solstice?

The winter solstice is on December 21 (TODAY) and is the "shortest" day of the year and marks the start of the winter period. The solstice is actually a moment in time - this year at 11:28 a.m. This tilt causes each hemisphere to receive different amounts of sunlight throughout the year as our planet orbits the sun. Spring and fall mark when the sun's rays are directly over the equator. O'Kelly stood inside the famous passage tomb as the light from the rising sun travelled 19m up the corridor to illuminate the central chamber. Let us know how you'll celebrate sailing next June and share the anticipation for Summer Sailstice 2018 with sailors across the globe.

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SOLSTICE SACRAMENTS A ceremony of light takes place at Newgrange for the Winter Solstice. Misty conditions blocked the solstice sunrise from entering the chamber
Winter solstice: Why is today the shortest day of the year and how is it celebrated?

Earth has a tilt of about 23.5 degrees and as it moves around the Sun, the Northern and Southern hemispheres face opposite directions.

If you live in the southernmost USA, your earliest sunsets are in late November, according to

HollywoodLifers, are you a winter person or a summer person? But that's nearly a minute longer than the shortest solar day, which occurs in mid-September around the time of the equinox. The further north you are, the less sunlight you'll get. Sunrise was at 8.03am GMT and sunset is at 3.53pm.

"For thousands of years people built structures to track the changing position of the sun, and of course the solstices were some of the most notable dates because the sun would reach its extreme north or south positions before reversing course for the next six months", Schneider says.

"It's an ad hoc celebration that brings together England's New Age Tribes (neo-druids, neo-pagans, Wiccans) with ordinary families, tourists, travelers and party people - 100's of them!"

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