posted on Dec, 21 2012 @ 07:06 PM
Originally posted by Rocks123
Seriously? this Sunday? did they mention how?
I am not sure which is worse these so called people not understanding that they not only making fool's of themselves but also that there is a
possibility that they got the whole thing wrong? or we are the idiots who keep on reading and posting about the topic.....
Here is how it came about.
Usually, the winter solstice occurs on the 21 December, but that can shift for the same reasons we have leap years: the Earth takes 365.25 days to
orbit the sun, but the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days so each year the solstice is pushed back by around six hours.
"At extreme ends of the four year calendrical cycle the solstice can sometimes get shunted into the early hours of the 22nd, as it does this year.
Next year is a leap year, which resets the calendar so that the winter solstice will fall on the 21st again," said Marek Kukula at the Royal
Observatory in Greenwich, London.
The winter solstice happens because the Earth does not spin upright, but on an axis 23.5 degrees from vertical. As the Earth orbits the sun, it
reaches the moment of winter solstice when the north pole is tilted furthest from the sun, making it the shortest day of the year.
The winter solstice is as far south as the sun ever gets, shining directly overhead along the Tropic of Capricorn, 23.5 degrees south of the equator.
This year's winter solstice – which marks the shortest day of the year – is on 22 December.
The official onset of winter and the beginning of the end for long, dark nights in the northern hemisphere is marked by the winter solstice, which is
this year at 5.30am (GMT)
Eastern standard time is five hours ahead of Greenwich mean time. I had posted this info about a week ago but no one seemed interesred they were too
busy debating the 21.