Winter Solstice Wednesday

The Winter Solstice this Wednesday marks the start of the Winter season in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The Winter Solstice is the moment when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun, making for the shortest amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, followed by the longest night. This year it will happen at 4:47 pm eastern time and this moment in time is shared around the world simultaneously.

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For the Providence area, this means the daylight will last for 9 hours and 9 minutes with a sunrise at 7:09 and sunset at 4:18. While the solstice is the astronomical start to the season, meteorological Winter actually began on December 1 and lasts through the last day of February.

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