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The winter solstice is upon us... Here's what you need to know!

The winter solstice is upon us... Here's what you need to know!
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It's about to get real dark in Montreal - but, actually.

This Thursday, Montrealers can get ready for the winter solstice, otherwise known hibernal solstice, where we will see the least amount of sun within a 24 hour period. It is also known as the official first day of winter here in North America.

But, if we want to get real technical, it is when either of the Earth's poles reaches its maximum tilt away from the Sun. Once the solstice is down, the days following will slowly start to get longer once again.


So, if you're looking for a long day outside, it might not be the day to go wandering with the very little sunlight we are expecting.

The winter solstice officially takes place at 10:27 p.m., and will occur at the same instant everywhere on Earth.

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