Winter {December} Solstice

There’s a chill in the air, spring is still months away and those of us who live in the northern hemisphere are down to nine hours of daylight and fifteen hours of nightfall, as today is the “winter solstice”. The Earth is closer to the sun than in June, which causes our planet to orbit a little faster than average. We are getting less exposure to direct sunlight, and here in the mid-Atlantic the coldest months are yet to come.

There’s nothing like a bowl of hearty goodness to warm a chilly night so, this evening why not curl-up on the sofa with homemade beef & vegetable soup. And those of you, who happen to be up around 1am, pop outside…yes in the cold…to view the Ursid meteors in the north- northeast sky.

Stay comfortably warm,
K

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8 thoughts on “Winter {December} Solstice

  1. Wouldn’t you know I ventured out for the meteor shower only to find a heavy cloud cover. Oh well, maybe next time. But thanks for the tid bits of info. Nice post.

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    1. What is it about that cloud cover, when trying to view a spectacular show in the night sky? Well, our next opportunity is January 3, 2018 before dawn, the Quadrantids!!!

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  2. Oh well I’m a good friend of the cloudy conditions. I missed out on the solar eclipse on August 21st due to….you guessed it…cloudy skies! One of these days I’ll catch one of these celestial splendors, I am blessed with a healthy dose of patience!

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