Google celebrates the solstice in both hemispheres

Toby Melville—Reuters

The southern hemisphere's equivalent event takes place in mid-June, at which point we are enjoying our summer solstice, the longest day at the height of British summertime.

Earth has a tilt of about 23.5 degrees and as it moves around the Sun, the Northern and Southern hemispheres face opposite directions. On the day of the solstice the Sun Priest declares the exact moment of the rebirth of the sun with a long call. Now, we get to celebrate the summer and winter solstices in the comfort of our own homes, thanks to Google, which simultaneously posted summer and winter solstice Google Doodles suitable to the appropriate hemisphere.

The equator is an imaginary line drawn right around Earth's middle, like a belt. Say goodbye to shorter days, and ever so slowly start to welcome back more sun as the winter solstice arrives on Thursday. According to CNN, for multiple days surrounding the solstice the sun stands still in the sky, meaning it's noontime elevation doesn't change from day to day. "The extra 30 seconds of a solar day makes true solar noon - and sunrise and sunset - about 30 seconds later each day".

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Unlike our ancestors, we know the astronomical phenomenon not to do with our distance from the sun but the tilt of the earth and how it orbits around the sun.

Of course, it's all opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, where December 21 marks the beginning of astronomical summer. That is the turning point of summer and the longer day of the year.

IT feels like the nights have been drawing in forever, but from now the days start to get longer again. There will be just more than 10 hours and two minutes of daylight in the city of Savannah; similar lengths for surrounding areas.

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Check out the gallery above for last year's winter solstice from around the world. And that's why, for millennia, humans have celebrated the solstice-for the return of the sun that it marks.

Since the earth is tilted on a 23.5° angle, it makes sense.

The Sun will be directly overhead today if you're lucky enough to be anywhere on the Tropic of Capricorn such as the spire in Rockhampton, Queensland.

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This delay in the arrival of our coldest temperatures is better known as seasonal lag.

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