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Winter Solstice

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Top Winter Solstice Articles

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  • Mars' long northern winter begins tonight

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:Just as spring gets rolling in Earth’s northern hemisphere, the northern half of Mars tonight marks the beginning of winter. The Martian winter solstice occurs at 11 p.m. EDT tonight. Joe Rao, writing in Guy Ottewell&...
  • Solstice marks the start of winter south of equator

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:We often forget about our cousins in the southern hemisphere. There’s more ocean down there, after all, so less land and fewer people. And their seasons are, well, all wrong. For them, today marks the winter solstice,.......
  • Hallowe'en recalls ancient Catholic, Celtic fests

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS: Today is Hallowe’en, more properly expressed as All Hallows’ Eve. It’s the evening before All Saints (or Hallows) Day, designated by the Roman Catholic pope in A.D. 835 to honor all the saints. Before that,...
  • On the matter of Civil Twilight

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:Joe Bollinger, in Glen Burnie, asks: “What time did twilight begin and end on June 21st, and is the length of twilight the same on the winter solstice?” Civil Twilight begins when the center of the sun’s......
  • "Long Night Moon" also a "Blue Moon"

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:The moon is full at 12:28 p.m. today, rising over Baltimore at 4:38 p.m. As the third full moon since the autumn equinox, this one’s called the Long Night Moon, or the Moon Before Yule. But you......
  • November's here, winter looms

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:It’s always bittersweet to see November arrive. The last leaves drop this month, giving way to the bare branches that stand watch until March. Snow enters the subconscious as the average overnight lows drop to freezing...
  • December brings total lunar eclipse

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:December arrives on Wednesday. It’s a busy month. The year’s earliest sunset occurs on the 8th as Sol drops below Baltimore’s western horizon at 4:43 p.m. The annual Geminid meteor shower – one of the...
  • Beautiful crescent moon tonight

     
    On Wednesday night we will witness the earliest sunset of the year, at 4:43 p.m. in Baltimore. We're also just two days past the new moon, and skies should be clearing. That means Tuesday and Wednesday evenings will be great times to pause......
  • Sunsets get later from now until June 28

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:Cheer up! Your days will soon brighten – at least in the afternoon. Last night witnessed the earliest sunset of the year, at 4:43 p.m. EST in Baltimore. From today, our afternoons will begin to get longer......
  • More cold, more snow, then winter starts

     
    Do you remember what we were all doing a year ago on this date? Here's a hint: We were watching the weather forecasts as a weekend coastal storm threatened to dump heavy snow across the region on the night of......
  • A celestial trifecta on Tuesday

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:On Tuesday, Dec. 21, we will hit the celestial trifecta with three red-letter events on the same date. It begins with the first total lunar eclipse since 2008, and the last visible here (weather permitting) until 2014.......
  • All Hallows' Eve meant the start of winter

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:It’s Hallowe’en, the eve of another “cross-quarter day” – halfway between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice. For many of our ancestors, this evening marked the beginning of winter, the...