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Winter begins!

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Winter is finally here, and here are a couple of things you may or may not know!

Of course, it’s the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere where 9 hours, 32 minutes of daylight are expected.

On today, the sun’s rays are directly overhead at their southernmost point – the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5° S).

From now until the vernal equinox, the amount of daylight will slowly increase until roughly reaching 12 hours of day and night by mid-March.

Something you may not know – the start of winter falls very close to Perihelion, or when Earth is at the closest point in its orbit around the Sun.

Perihelion occurs on January 3rd when the Earth is a mere 91.4 million miles away from the Sun.

Though the distance in the orbit varies, remember the TILT of the Earth is responsible for the change in seasons.

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