21 Dec '11, 7pm

Tomorrow's the shortest day of the year! (If you're in the Northern Hemisphere with us.)

Tomorrow's the shortest day of the year! (If you're in the Northern Hemisphere with us.)

Here's how northern winter solstice works: Since June 20, the altitude of the midday sun has been lowering as its direct rays have been gradually migrating to the south. The sun's altitude above the horizon at noontime is 47 degrees lower now, compared to six months ago. As we often mention, your clenched fist held at arm's length measures roughly 10 degrees, so the sun at midday is now nearly "five fists" lower in the southern sky compared to June 21.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/the-winter...

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