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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

The winter solstice, also called the hiemal solstice or hibernal solstice, occurs when either of Earth’s poles reaches its maximum tilt away from the Sun. This happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). For that hemisphere, the winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year, when the Sun is at its lowest daily maximum elevation in the sky.

Activity Ideas:

  • Enjoy Scottish Seabird Centre’s Winter activity book – here
  • Print off the section in our monthly activity book – here
  • Explore the season of Winter with our activity – here