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Seven facts about the winter solstice

Nocturnal animals and human night owls may rejoice during the winter solstice. On the winter solstice, people can witness the Earth’s longest night and shortest day of the year for their respective hemispheres.

In 2019, the northern hemisphere’s winter solstice occurs on December 21. The solstice may come and go unnoticed, but it’s an interesting day on the calendar. See the Dec. 5 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for a listing of seven facts about the winter solstice.