Winter Solstice 2021

Yes!!! We can finally start looking forward to longer daylight hours in Steenbok.

Fun Facts

The Winter solstice date this year was on the 21 June. 

The word “solstice” is derived from the Latin term “solsitium”, which literally means “sun-stopping”. 

The Winter Solstice, also known as Midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. In the Southern Hemisphere this is also called the June Solstice.  

How does the Winter Solstice happen? 

As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the Southern Hemisphere, facing away from the Sun, experiences Winter and in the opposite direction, along the Earth’s axis, the Northern Hemisphere is experiencing Summer.  In December, the Earth’s South Pole will be at maximum tilt towards the Sun and the North pole at maximum tilt away from the sun. Simply put, as one Polar Hemisphere experiences Winter, the other Hemisphere experiences Summer. 

Earth’s orbit around the Sun.  At the June and December solstices, the Sun is overhead at the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, respectively.