Posts Tagged ‘winter’



The Winter Solstice 2016!

Winter solstice 2016 in Northern Hemisphere was at 5:44 AM on Wednesday, December 21.  The term solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium, meaning ‘the Sun stands still’. This is because on this day, the Sun reaches its southern-most position as seen from the Earth. The Sun seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn and then reverses […]

Winter Solstice 2015

What exactly is the Winter Solstice?  Late dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night. For us folks in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. Meanwhile, on the same day of the December solstice, the Southern Hemisphere has its longest day and shortest night. The winter […]

Countdown to Christmas – The Science of Snowflakes

  With Christmas just around the corner (10 days away in fact), lets take a look into the science of snowflakes. Snowflakes are not just ordinary pieces of ice, they form randomly with extravagant designs and sculptures! Snowflakes are formed from water vapor that condenses directly into ice inside of clouds. They take shape as water […]