It's going to be a long summer's day today, seriously

Winter solstice

Winter solstice, the 'shortest' day of the year, arrives Thursday

That doesn't really matter, so long as you're at an latitude with long summer days and short winter days. That means that December 21 will be the shortest day of the year, with the least amount of hours of sunlight.

The Winter Solstice is being livestreamed from inside the Newgrange site in Co Meath.

What does the sun do on the winter solstice?

The Google Doodle is available for most countries within the Northern Hemisphere since the Southern Hemisphere is experiencing its summer solstice.

The winter solstice is on December 21 and is the "shortest" day of the year and marks the start of the winter period. So Winter officially starts tomorrow at 11:28 PM EST.

Further south, the winter solstice sun will set in Dallas at 5:25, giving residents nine hours and 59 minutes of daylight. The summer solstice is when the sun's rays are directly over the Tropic of Cancer. In most locations across the USA, the minimum daily temperature occurs around two or three weeks later, in early to mid-January.

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Reaching the floor of the chamber, the beam of light gradually widens as the sun rises until the whole room is illuminated.

Schneider writes: "Earth takes about 365 1/4 days to orbit the Sun". Northerners spend most of the longest solar day of the year facing away from the Sun in the cold of a winter's night.

Why doesn't the earliest sunset come on the shortest day? The further north you are, the less sunlight you'll get.

However, most locations don't have their earliest sunset or latest sunrise on the solstice.

It was traditionally celebrated by Celtic priests, known as Druids, and each year thousands gather at sacred site Stonehenge to mark the pagan celebration.

But many are still celebrating the ancient event that has been a tradition in cultures throughout history including Rome and Scandinavia, according to BBC.

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