The longest night of the year…

Winter_Solstice (56k image)

Did last night seem long- it should have… December 21 is the Winter Solstice.
The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. Hence the origin of the word solstice, which comes from Latin solstitium, from sol, “sun” and -stitium, “a stoppage.” Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter.

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  1. Avatar Erin said:

    It sure did to me! I was up most of the night. This holiday is really taking a toll on me and I promised myself I wouldn’t do this again this year. Hopefully it will be worth it so memorable!

    December 22, 2006

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