Thursday, December 22, 2011
Winter Solstice - 2011
The calender’s “official” first day of Winter, also known as the Winter Solstice
(from the Latin sol, or "sun," and stice, or "come to a stop")
Because of the 23.5 degree tilt of the earth, during the Winter, the northern hemisphere receives less direct daylight than the southern hemisphere and the Solstice marks the SHORTEST day of daylight. This year, this occurs for the Northern Hemisphere at 11:30 pm Wednesday.
It also starts the final countdown as the Mayan calendar finishes one of its great cycles on December 12, 2012, which has fueled countless theories about the end of the world on December 21, 2012 at 11:11(UTC).