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?

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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