Winter solstice 2021: Google Doodle marks the beginning of the winter season

The Internet tech giant, Google marked the beginning of winter on Tuesday with an animated doodle featuring a hedgehog in the snow.

December 21, also the Winter Solstice, marks the beginning of the season. The winter season begins in the northern hemisphere today and will last till 20 March, 2022. As for the result, the northern hemisphere will see the longest night, and consequently the shortest day in the year.

Winter solstice, also called hibernal solstice, refers to the two events during a year when the path of the sun in the sky is farthest south in the Northern Hemisphere (December 21) and farthest north in the Southern Hemisphere (June 20 or 21). At the winter solstice, the sun travels the shortest path through the sky, and that day has the least daylight and the longest night.

During the solstices, the earth reaches a point where its tilt is at the greatest angle to the plane of its orbit, causing one hemisphere to receive more daylight than the other.

On the other hand, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that the coldwave to severe cold wave conditions is very likely to continue in northwest India over the next two days.

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