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?
Today's Winter Solstice Is the Shortest Day of the Year. Here's When the Sun Sets Near You
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.
Marijuana for Christmas? Elderly Couple Arrested With 60 Pounds for Gifts
These options may not be quite as impressive as $336,000 of raw weed, but hey, it's the thought that counts. The state, like many in the USA , has not decriminalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use.
Ex-wife of former National Basketball Association player charged in his 2010 killing
A release from the Shelby County District Attorney's office says Turner and Sherra Wright conspired to kill Lorenzen Wright . That's when his body was found in a field by Callis Cutoff Road near Hacks Cross and Winchester in southeast Memphis.
Rohit Sharma's 208*: A look at the record knock in numbers
Still only 30, this was Rohit's 16th ODI century, taking him past Sehwag to fourth place in India's all-time centurion list. For India , Yuzvendra Chahal grabbed three wickets while commencing 60 runs, whereas paceman Jasprit Bumrah picked up two.
Dec 23 2017
Rohit Sharma: India batsman equals fastest Twenty20 worldwide century against Sri Lanka
The Indian skipper reached 100 off 35 deliveries, matching South African David Miller's century against Bangladesh in October. Team India defeated Sri Lanka by 93 runs in the first T-20 match played in Cuttack, taking 1-0 lead in the series.
Dec 22 2017
Flu season likely to peak in the coming weeks
The Hill Country's off-again, on-again winter weather is the prime time to get influenza and be calling work to say you're sick. The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend an annual flu vaccine for all people ages six months and older.
Dec 21 2017
Nation's top rated defensive end selects Penn State
Parsons, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end from Harrisburg, Pa., picked the Nittany Lions over Georgia , Oklahoma and others. He'll play defense for the Lions, either at defensive end or linebacker, a spot where the Lions are looking thin for 2018.
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 19 2017
Where's the grand plan on North Korea?
The Council has struggled to contain North Korea as the country continues to violate sanctions-backed United Nations calls on. He said the US does not want war but "will use all necessary measures to defend itself against North Korean aggression".
Dec 17 2017
McGrgor Wants MMA Fight Next, Despite Manny Pacquiao Rumours
Showtime added that global revenues, including ticket sales , sponsorship and worldwide distribution, exceeded $600m (£450.42m). When pressed to elaborate, he responded, "MMA next", essentially killing any chance of a McGregor-Pacquiao bout.
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 14 2017
Trump Says He'll End US Visa Lottery and 'Chain Migration'
America's chain migration policy allows people who have migrated to the U.S.to sponsor other family members to come here as well. The President stressed his call on Congress to take action.
Dec 14 2017
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.
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.
Dec 23 2017Salvation Army Bell Ringer Beaten for Wishing a Man 'Merry Christmas'
Dec 22 2017Facebook puts toe in music streaming video with UMG deal
Dec 21 2017European Union says Brexit transition should last to end
Dec 20 2017Expect heavy traffic during Tuesday's Boca Raton Bowl
Dec 20 2017Selena Gomez's Mom Opens Up About Her Miscarriage
Dec 20 2017Lady Gaga Officially Has Her Own Residency In Las Vegas
Dec 18 2017Vikings cruise past Bengals 34-7 to clinch NFC North
Dec 17 2017Grinch in Chief: Nazareth Cancels Christmas Over Trump's Jerusalem Gambit
Dec 16 2017Video shows moment of attempted terror attack in NY
Dec 13 2017Trump Wants Weigel Fired Over Inaccurate Tweet
Dec 22 2017Apple admits to slowing iPhones batteries as they age
Dec 21 2017Democrat wins recount in Virginia House race
Dec 19 2017McCoy, David inactive for Buccaneers against Falcons
Dec 18 2017England's Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama for radio show
Dec 18 2017Vladimir Putin thanks President Trump to help Central Intelligence Agency in stop terrorist attacks
Dec 16 2017More winter weather on the way
Dec 15 2017Honoring fallen veterans with 'Wreaths Across America'
Dec 15 2017MA is the healthiest state in the US
Dec 14 2017Google's Most Searched Terms for 2017: Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer
Dec 13 2017Snow and ice look set to continue as winter sweeps in
Dec 13 2017Trump attacks Gillibrand after resignation call
Dec 12 2017Allardyce: Klopp can moan all he wants, it was a penalty