The Winter Solstice

It usually happens on 21 December or 22nd December, at the exact same second around the world.

Because less sunlight reaches the Earth, the winter solstice is the day of the year with the least amount of sunlight - the shortest day of the year! But don't be gloomy, every day afterwards will be a little longer till we reach the summer solstice - you guessed it, that’s the day of the year with the most hours of sunlight, usually 20-22 June.

Watch the video below where the BBC weatherman explains more.

Solstice: The Earth is Reaching the Turning Point
Jock o' Bennachie

Jock Says: On the winter solstice I always go outside at noon and look at my shadow - it’s the longest shadow I cast all year!

This is part of the All About Winter information.