December 21: Winter Solstice Day 2009, Shortest Day of the Year
December 21st 2009 is the Winter Solstice for the year and for those in the northern hemisphere, it is also the shortest day of the year with the longest hours of darkness. In the southern hemisphere it is the longest day of the year with the greatest number of daylight hours. Happy Solstice!
December 21st 2009 is the official start of winter in the northern hemisphere.
For 2009, the winter solstice will happen at 17:47 coordinated universal time and it happens when the North Pole is 23.5 degrees away fromt he sun.
The winter solstice can occur anytime between December 20 and December 23 depending on the calendar.
December 20 and December 23 solstices occur less frequently than December 21 or December 22 solstices in the Gregorian calendar.
A winter solstice happening on December 20th is the rarest occurence, with the next one not happening until 2080.
Many people have a celebration around the winter solstice and see it as a time of rebirth.
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