Vail Daily column: The shortest day of the year

20th December, 2014 by

By Edward Stoner

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. Sunday, Colorado will experience more than 14 hours of darkness. The literal etymology of the term “solstice” means something akin to “standing sun.” The point on Earth below where the sun’s light is most intense can be considered where it “stands.” Sun rays are most intense in tropical latitudes near the equator, and far less intense in the more northern latitudes. From December to March, when it is snowy, cold, and dark here in the northern hemisphere, it is because the daytime sun stands above southern Brazil, South Africa, and …

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