What Is Winter Solstice?
The Latin word solstitium, which roughly translates to sun standing motionless is the source of the English word solstice. Winter solstice occurs when either of the Earth’s poles reaches its greatest tilt away from the Sun. The sun’s position is at its lowest daily maximum elevation on this particular day.
Winter Solstice 2022: Date & Time
The winter solstice happens twice a year, once in the northern hemisphere and once in the south. Winter in that hemisphere is when it happens. In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice takes place in December. It typically occurs on June 20 or June 21 in the southern hemisphere. The days will start to grow longer, and the nights will get shorter after December 22.
The winter solstice will occur in India this year on December 22. The winter solstice occurs at precisely 03:17 AM IST when the sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Capricorn at around 23.4 degrees south and the Earth’s north pole points directly away from the sun. Sunrise on the winter solstice will be at 7:10 am, and sunset will be at 5:29 pm.
Every year, the solstices fall in June and December, however, the precise dates can vary by one or two days. Although they have different effects on either side of the equator, they happen simultaneously everywhere on earth.
Winter solstice meaning
The word ‘Solstice’ is derived from the Latin scientific term ‘solstitium’, which roughly means “sun standing still”.
Winter Solstice Occurs Twice – December and June
The winter solstice occurs when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky. This happens in December in the Northern Hemisphere and in June in the Southern Hemisphere. The word solstice comes from the Latin solstitium, which means “sun standing still.” On this day, the sun appears to stand still in the sky before moving back northward. The winter solstice marks the beginning of winter and is the shortest day and longest night of the year. It has been celebrated since ancient times and is still a significant day for many people around the world.