Throwback Thursday: Top 6 facts about the solstice (Synopsis)

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” –Albert Camus

This Sunday marks the Winter Solstice: the darkest, longest evening of the year for all the Earth’s northern hemisphere denizens.

Image credit: Ken Tape, of the Winter Solstice at Fairbanks, Alaska.
Image credit: Ken Tape, of the Winter Solstice at Fairbanks, Alaska.

Sure, you probably know all about Earth’s axial tilt and how the southern hemisphere experiences the summer solstice at the same time, but here are a few solstice facts that you might not know, including what it means for the Moon, for new year’s celebrations, and for our history of venturing beyond Earth.

Image credit: NASA / Bill Anders / Apollo 8.
Image credit: NASA / Bill Anders / Apollo 8.

Go enjoy these top six solstice facts, and if you knew even one, pat yourself on the back!