Why we’re about to experience the shortest day of the year

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If you’re living in southern Australia, you’re probably in no doubt that winter is coming.

Temperatures are dropping, the days are getting shorter, and our minds are increasingly occupied with thoughts of hot chocolates, wood fires and blankets.

Or maybe that’s just us.

We’re heading towards the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year – on the 21st of June 2022. The summer solstice in December is feeling pretty far away. But have you ever wondered exactly what a solstice is and why it happens?

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