Posts Tagged ‘Winter Solstice’

Winter Solstice 2019 (Also Hanukkah!)

Saturday, December 21st, 2019

The winter solstice this year is December 22nd about 4 pm, but may vary slightly,
depending on where you live.


Below is one of several symbols for the solstice I found on the Internet. This is the one I liked the best:


What is the Winter solstice?
(Excerpted from:

A winter solstice is the moment in time when the Earth’s tilt away from the Sun is at its maximum and the Sun’s maximum elevation in the sky is at its lowest.

A winter solstice occurs twice a year, once in December in the Northern Hemisphere (also called December solstice and Midwinter) and once in June in the Southern Hemisphere (also called June solstice).

The winter solstice marks the end of autumn and the beginning of winter in the hemisphere where it occurs and is one of four days (two equinoxes and two solstices) throughout the year on which a new season starts. The other days are the vernal equinox (also called spring equinox, beginning of spring), the summer solstice (beginning of summer) and the autumnal equinox (also called fall equinox, beginning of autumn).

For more information see Winter solstice on Wikipedia.



NOTE: The solstice coincides with Hanukkah this year. Here is one of my links to a recipe for potato latkes (pancakes):
If you put potato pancakes or potato latkes in the SEARCH box on my Home Page, you will find two other “latke links.”
For all of you celebrating this eight day festival of lights, HAPPY HANUKKAH.

Yesterday’s Winter Solstice and Tonight a Full Moon

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

While yesterday was the Winter Solstice, the article below from explains why the Full Moon tonight, called the Full Cold Moon (See below), will keep things a little brighter! And now the days will get longer. Happy Full Moon! OR:

Nancy Passmore, whose Lunar Calendar info I posted a day or so ago, sent me a thank you with these two words: Solstitial Blessings! 

Winter solstice weekend will shine with a rare moon event

The long solstice night won’t be as dark as usual.


A brilliant full moon rises at NASA’s Kennedy
Space Center in Florida in 2017.NASA/Kim Shiflett

The longest night. The shortest day. Winter solstice is here for the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a time of both darkness and light, especially this year.

Friday, Dec. 21 marks the solstice, but Saturday, Dec. 22 will gift us with a full moon known as the Full Cold Moon thanks to its wintry timing. 

The solstice and the full moon are happening less than a day apart. That means our lunar neighbor should be plenty bright enough all weekend to light up your solstice celebrations.

The next time the full moon and solstice will come so close together is in 2029.

The moon will help enliven the long night, and, as the US National Weather Service points out, we can now look forward to daylight increasing for the next six months.

You can celebrate the moon simply by enjoying the luminosity it brings, but NASA program executive Gordon Johnston has another suggestion: “As usual, the wearing of suitably celebratory celestial attire is encouraged in honor of the full moon.”

So break out your Sailor Moon cosplay or your NASA skate shoes and stare up into space this weekend.

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