- the time at which the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky (northernmost point
in the S hemisphere) appearing at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. It
occurs about December 22 (June 21 in the S hemisphere)
- (astronomy) the point on the celestial sphere, opposite the summer solstice, at which the ecliptic is furthest south from the celestial equator. Right ascension:
18 hours; declination: –23.5°
Example Sentences Including 'winter solstice'
An OPW spokesman said: `Newgrange is now one of the most exclusive places to be in the world to witness a winter solstice sunrise.
Sun, News of the World (2004)
It is by no means a coincidence that Christmas Day falls on a date that marks the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Australian (2004)
It was to here that the emperor repaired, just before the winter solstice , to pray for good harvests and to seek divine blessing.
Right now the Earth is nearer the sun at the northern winter solstice than it is at the southern winter solstice.
The Crisis of Life on Earth - our legacy from the second millenium
Yesterday was the winter solstice which means that, in planetary terms, the significant date has passed.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
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