Today is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. The winter solstice has arrived. What does this mean exactly? The Earth rotates on a tilted axis around the sun. This means that the earth receives the least amount of sunlight possible. In addition the winter solstice will also see the least amount of solar energy reaching the northern half of the planet. It’s also when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky at noon.

Today is also the latest sunrise and the earliest sunset. From this point forward the days will start to get longer little by little until we reach summer.