When is winter solstice and what is it ?

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The winter solstice is this week, but when exactly is it wand what is it ?

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year meaning there is less daylight than any other day of the year and it marks the start of the astronomical start of winter.

The solstice occurs when when the sun’s daily maximum height in the sky is at its lowest, and the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun.

This year, the solstice will occur on Thursday, December 21. The sun will rise in the UK at 08:03 GMT and set at 3:53 GMT, giving just 7 hours and 50 minutes of daylight.

After this winter solstice, the days will gradually get longer until the summer solstice on Thursday, 21 June 2018.

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