Science of the Winter Solstice

As I mentioned in my article on Advent, the Romans, during the later Empire period, celebrated a holiday known as the Saturnalia, beginning on the Winter Solstice. The word Solstice comes from the Latin “solstitium,” meaning “Sun, standing still.” This year it occurs on December 21 at 15:59 GMT (or UTC) and marks the first day of the Winter season in the Northern Hemisphere from an astronomical perspective.

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Writer and technologist. Author of fascinating articles about history, tech trends, and pop culture. billpetro.com @billpetro