Saturday, winter solstice began and this is the start of the winter season. Each year, the winter solstice begins on December 21 or 22, and at this time the sun will be at its southernmost point in the sky, according to Wikipedia.
The winter solstice is one of four annual dates that show the changing of the seasons; winter solstice means that we are moving from fall into the winter season. Fall began September 21, 2013. According to Space.com, it will look at though the sun will stand still today. The winter season will last until March 21, 2014. The dates for the changing of the seasons may vary a day or two because of leap year.
Solstice is from the Latin words "sol" for "sun" and "sisto" for "stop," according to Space.com. The sun will stop moving southward now, and start moving northward. Beginning in June, the sun will stop moving northward and will begin to move southward.
In 2010, winter solstice coincided with a lunar eclipse. For more on that story, click here.
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