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Google marks the winter solstice with animated doodle
According to meteorology, today (December 21) is the first day of the winter season or Winter Solstice of this year. On the occasion of the onset of winter, Google has put an animated doodle on its homepage.

Created by German illustrator Christoph Niemann, the animated Google-Doodle, shows a scarf and glove being knitted as Google's logo. As we know that the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.

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On the winter solstice, the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky. After this, the sun begins moving northward, making the days longer in the northern hemisphere of the globe.

The winter solstice doesn't always occur on December 21. Sometimes it comes on December 22, as will happen in 2015. The hour of day on which the winter is said to set in also fluctuates. Last year, the solstice had occurred at 11:12 a.m. ET and the next year, it occurs at 11:03 p.m.

This year, today the winter solstice is at 12:11 p.m. ET, when the North Pole is tipped about 23 degrees away from the sun. Thus, the winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

From religious and cultural point of view, the interpretation of the shortest day has varied from culture to culture with prayers, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other social celebrations on this day.

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