WASHINGTON - The 2017 winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will happen at 11:28 a.m. on December 21! Here is what you can expect:
- The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. We will only have nine hours and 26 minutes of total daylight.
- Sunrise is at 7:23 a.m. and sunset is at 4:49 p.m.
- The winter solstice occurs when in the Northern Hemisphere, which includes the U.S., is tipped at its furthest point away from the sun.
- The Southern Hemisphere will mark December 21 with the summer solstice. This the longest day of the year for them.
- The sun will be at its lowest in the sky around noon.
- Remember – now the days start to get longer! The Northern Hemisphere's summer solstice will take place on June 21!