Winter Solstice: How Well Do You Know About The Longest Night?

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Winter Solstice: How Well Do You Know About The Longest Night? - Quiz

The Winter Solstice is also called midwinter, which occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It happens twice in a year and once in each hemisphere. Its opposite is the summer solstice. Take this quiz to examine your knowledge on the longest night of the year.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The winter solstice also marks the beginning of the season of winter, which lasts until the vernal equinox when in the Southern Hemisphere?
    • A. 

      August 5 or 6

    • B. 

      August 20 or 21

    • C. 

      September 22 or 23

    • D. 

      September 25 or 26

  • 2. 
    The winter solstice also marks the beginning of the season of winter, which lasts until the vernal equinox when in the Northern Hemisphere? 
    • A. 

      Feb 15 or 16

    • B. 

      March 20 or 21

    • C. 

      April 30

    • D. 

      June 5 or 6

  • 3. 
    When the winter solstice happens in the Northern Hemisphere, the North Pole is tilted about how many degrees away from the Sun?
    • A. 

      22.6°

    • B. 

      23.4°

    • C. 

      24.8°

    • D. 

      25.0°

  • 4. 
    Which of these is the date that marked the  13.0.0.0.0 in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar used by the ancient Mayans, marking the end of a 5126-year cycle? 
    • A. 

      Dec 21, 2012

    • B. 

      Dec 21, 2013

    • C. 

      Dec 22, 2014

    • D. 

      Dec 22, 2015

  • 5. 
    Which of these group of people normally do the celebration of Alban Arthan reveres the death of the Old Sun and birth of the New Sun? 
    • A. 

      The Italian

    • B. 

      The Druids

    • C. 

      The Irish 

    • D. 

      The Scottish

  • 6. 
    Helsinki, Finland, will get how many hours of light in the winter solstice? 
    • A. 

      5 hours 49 minutes

    • B. 

      4 hours 38 minutes

    • C. 

      5 hours 12 minutes

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    New York normally experience how many hours of sunlight during the solstice? 
    • A. 

      5 hours 

    • B. 

      7 hours 30 minutes

    • C. 

      9 hours 15 minutes

    • D. 

      12 hours 10 minutes 

  • 8. 
    In 2018, the December solstice comes around when? 
    • A. 

      Dec 21 at 4:23 p.m. CST

    • B. 

      Dec 22 at 4:13 p.m. CST

    • C. 

      Dec 21 at 4:23 a.m. CST

    • D. 

      Dec 22 at 4:29 p.m. CST

  • 9. 
    In early December, true solar noon comes nearly how many minutes earlier by the clock than it does at the solstice around December 22?
    • A. 

      2 minutes

    • B. 

      5 minutes

    • C. 

      7 minutes

    • D. 

      10 minutes

  • 10. 
    All locations south of the equator have day lengths greater than how many hours at the December solstice? 
    • A. 

      8 hours 

    • B. 

      12 hours 

    • C. 

      15 hours 

    • D. 

      10 hours 

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