Dec 24 2017
A Doodle marking the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere was also released featuring the same mouse reading a book inside his home before getting distracted by a bright beam of sunlight that enters his domain due to a bird.
Druids still gather at Stonehenge in the West Country to mark the occasion to this day, pagan revellers meeting at dawn to observe the morning sun rising over the ancient circle's Heel Stone. They experience their longest day and shortest night of the year. What really matters is that the account is one more little nudge to feel better during the long slog of winter. This astronomical quirk happens because of Earth's 23.5-degree tilt and our elliptical orbit around the sun. For a complete listing of the dates of the winter and summer solstices and the spring and fall equinoxes through 2025, check out this calendar from the U.S. Eastern Time on December 21.
Contrary to popular belief, the winter solstice isn't the earliest sunset of the year.
Why isn't the winter solstice on the same day each year?
Crowds gather at Newgrange for winter solstice
And that's why, for millennia, humans have celebrated the solstice-for the return of the sun that it marks.
That means that December 21 will be the shortest day of the year, with the least amount of hours of sunlight.
"The coldest time usually comes a month or two later because even though the amount of solar heating is beginning to increase, it isn't yet enough to reverse the cooling", Schneider says.
The winter solstice may be the shortest day of the year, but that doesn't mean you'll have an early sunset. Learn more about the solstice and why it's not the coldest day of the year in our scientific guide below. The Stonehenge monument is shaped so it aligns with the winter's solstice sunset.
England's Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama for radio show
A segment of their chat will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on December 27th, and the full interview will go up later as a podcast. It's reported Mr Obama even teased Harry about his romance with Meghan Markle earlier this year at the Invictus Games.
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale hails 'great' victor , slams VAR
Mbark Boussoufa scored, but a video review later showed that he was just offside when he received the pass from his teammate. Al Jazira took a shock lead during the clash, with the victor looking to book a place in the final against Gremio.
Trump attacks Gillibrand after resignation call
President Donald Trump is being attacked for a sexually suggestive tweet , insinuating a US Senator would do anything for money. He also told Howard Stern in a 2005 radio interview that he would go into Miss USA dressing rooms while contestants are naked.
Dec 22 2017
Facebook puts toe in music streaming video with UMG deal
YouTube still hopes to enter talks with video-hosting service Vevo to include its music videos on Remix. YouTube is on its way to launch its new paid music service which will be out by March next year.
Dec 21 2017
Meghan Markle joins royal Christmas lunch
Not far behind was Princess Eugenie spotted in the passenger seat of her vehicle as she made her way to her grandmother's house. Photos of the couple arriving at the lunch show Harry driving a Land Rover Discovery with Markle in the passenger seat.
Dec 20 2017
Selena Gomez's Mom Opens Up About Her Miscarriage
The Fetish singer's family are reportedly not huge Justin fans following their on-off relationship which lasted from 2011 to 2014. Unlike Selena's loved ones, Justin's own family seems to be entirely okay with his reconciliation with Selena.
Dec 19 2017
Holiday travel ramps up at DIA amid Atlanta outage
Officials are investigating the cause of the fire and declined to rule out terrorism as of late Sunday, NBC News reported . Emilia Duca, 32, a Delta passenger, was on her way to Wisconsin from Bogota, Colombia, when she got stuck in Atlanta.
Dec 18 2017
Vladimir Putin thanks President Trump to help Central Intelligence Agency in stop terrorist attacks
President Vladimir Putin phoned Donald Trump to thank him for the information, the White House and Kremlin confirmed. The leaders' relationship is complicated by ongoing investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Moscow.
Dec 16 2017
Video shows moment of attempted terror attack in NY
In September, an attack on a London train injured 29 (paywall) when a bomb concealed in a bucket exploded during rush hour. Authorities are investigating how it was made, but think the suspect may have made the bomb at work, CNN reported .
Dec 15 2017
MA is the healthiest state in the US
The five lowest-ranking states are MS (50), Louisiana (49), Arkansas (48), Alabama (47) and West Virginia (46). According to a new study, Oklahoma has shown some improvements in smoking rates and obesity rates.
Dec 15 2017
Facebook to cease channeling ad revenue via Ireland following tax outcry
Currently, advertising revenue supported by Facebook's local teams are recorded by its worldwide headquarters in Dublin , Ireland .
Dec 13 2017
Trump Wants Weigel Fired Over Inaccurate Tweet
Trump immediately hit back, quickly getting an apology out of Weigel - and demanded that the Washington Post fire him to boot. Weigel was responding to Trump's claim that the arena had been "packed to the rafters ".
Dec 12 2017
Donald Trump signs directive to send astronauts back to Moon
Vice President Mike Pence has spearheaded the administration's space policy and was on hand for the signing of the directive.
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Dec 16 2017More winter weather on the way
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Dec 13 2017Snow and ice look set to continue as winter sweeps in
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