What is the winter solstice?

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Check your notes and see if you have these fun facts about the winter solstice. Got any more interesting facts to add? Come on! Write some more characteristics.

  1. It marks the beginning of the astronomical winter. The date and time change every year because it does not take the same time for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. It takes 365.2425 days per year, which is balanced out every four years with a leap year. Of course, it also changes depending on which hemisphere you are in.
  2. During winter, the days are shorter and the nights are longer.
  3. The word winter comes from the Latin word “hibernum”.
  4. Greek mythology claims that winter is dark and cold because Demeter (goddess of nature) was so sad when her daughter Persephone was abducted.



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