Dec 21st marks the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere ❄️  and the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere ☀️ 

Today’s the shortest day of the year (NH), days will begin to grow from today on. This is due to our planet’s axis’ tilt and to its position in relationship to Earth’s distance from the sun.

This justifies why, although our planet is the most distant from the sun on this day, it’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Because our planet’s slightly tilted, the amount of sunlight (warmth) that reaches the northern hemisphere is the lowest today, while for the some reason it reaches the Southern Hemisphere in great amount.

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Sara Vanessa C. Rodrigues da Silva

Meteorologist (MSc), Author, Aspiring Speaker, Starlight Connect

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