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Shortest day of the year celebrated across Asia

Shortest day of the year celebrated across Asia

LAHORE: Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. December 22 was the shortest day with 10 hours and 01 minute of daylight and 13 hours and 59 mints of night. People across Pakistan and other countries in Asia witnessed shortest day of the year 2014, winter solstice, on Monday.
Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which for the Northern Hemisphere occurs in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June.
For the Northern Hemisphere, the moment of winter solstice is when the sun’s elevation with respect to the North Pole is at its most negative value since the previous December. (The elevation with respect to the South Pole is at its greatest since the previous December). The hemisphere has its longest night and shortest day around the moment of solstice with the night within the Arctic being 24 hours long.
Analogous remarks hold for the Southern Hemisphere. Thus, for the Southern Hemisphere, at the moment of its winter solstice in June, the sun is at its greatest height as observed from the North Pole.