The Northern Hemisphere’s winter solstice is just weeks away.
The 2017 event will take place on Dec. 21 at 11:28 a.m. ET, according to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Read on for a look at what happens during the astronomical phenomenon.
What is the winter solstice?
“The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year,” the National Weather Service says. “In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, which is located at 23.5° south of the equator and runs through Australia, Chile, southern Brazil, and northern South Africa.”
The Northern Hemisphere — which includes the U.S. — is tipped at its furthest point away from the sun when the winter solstice takes place, according to NASA.
Not everyone around the world will experience the phenomenon on Dec. 21; the Southern Hemisphere will have its summer solstice, the longest day of the year,…