22 Dec '11, 3pm

I love the solstice, from now on every day will be a little bit brighter and a little bit longer.

I love the solstice, from now on every day will be a little bit brighter and a little bit longer.

Mark Grant, Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0 Those solar panels on your roof will struggle a bit today; it is the shortest day of the year, and the sun is low in the sky, with its light travelling through the most atmosphere. Tim Wall at Discovery News notes that it is a very important day in history: In the northern hemisphere, knowing when the dark days of winter would start to lengthen could give hope to people trying to make the harvest of the previous year stave off starvation for a few more months. The day was so important, that some of humanity's earliest monumental structures were aligned with the rising or setting of the sun on the winter solstice. Stonehenge in England, for example, is lined up with the winter solstice. Przemyslaw Idzkiewicz, Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-NC 2.0 Tim also notes that it is party time: The Romans celebrated Saturnalia around the time of the so...

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