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Turning point: December 21 was the winter solstice, when darkness is at its peak.
The winter solstice occurs at the moment the Earth's tilt away from the sun is at a maximum, according to popular scientist and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku.
The solstices occur because most planets do not spin upright, or perpendicular to their orbits.
The sun will be up for just about 9 hours and 24 minutes on Thursday, and in the days immediately before and after the solstice, too.
The winter solstice for 2017 will occur at 11:28 am ET on Thursday, Dec. 21.
After the solstice, the days slowly start to get longer again.
After the winter solstice, days will begin to get longer.
In past years, the displays have traditionally ramped up after the June solstice, becoming noticeably brighter, more frequent, and covering larger areas of the deep twilight skies.
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In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs on June 21 or 22 and the winter solstice on December 21 or 22. In the Southern Hemisphere, where the seasons are reversed, the solstices are exactly the opposite. For several days around the time of the solstices, the sun's appearance on the horizon at sunrise and sunset seems to occur at the same spot, before it starts drifting to the north or south again. Solstice gets its shine from sol, the Latin word for "sun." The ancients added sol to -stit- ("standing") and came up with solstitium. Middle English speakers shortened solstitium to solstice in the 13th century.
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