Talk:Winter solstice (disambiguation)

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See also talk:Summer solstice.

I don't think this is correct. I think that, to the Chinese, winter begins some time in the Gregorian November. --User:Juuitchan (moved from article proper) -- till we | Talk 23:18, 21 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Please correct misconceptions[edit]

The orbital diagram is beautiful, but misleading. It suggests that the earth's axis points in a different direction at different seasons of the year. It does not. The earth's axis should be tipped in the same direction for both the summer and winter solstice illustrations. You should then change the direction from which the sunshine comes from -- from the right in one, and from the left in the other -- just as it actually does when the earth shifts position by 180 degrees in its orbit. I'd omit the illustration for the equinoxes entirely. Anything you would draw would suggest that the earth's axis is oriented straight up and down, which is of course not correct. In reality, the sunlight would be streaming perpendicular to the page, which is not possible to draw in a two-dimensional illustration. User:BartBenjamin

It would also probably be better to use the terms "December Solstice" and "June Solstice" instead of "winter" and "summer." That way, it is correct for all hemispheres. That is how the International Planetarium Society solves this dilemma for its members located in both hemispheres. User:BartBenjamin

"DECEMBER Solstice" rather than "Winter..." ?[edit]

In agreement with Bart above... Hemispherical Chauvanism? Modern astronomical convention has changed from using the term Winter Solstice to the now preferred "December Solstice" since the December solstice is the winter one for folks north of the tropics yet the same December one is the SUMMER Solstice for folks south of the tropics.

These articles seem to be more about folk calendar customs related to the Solstice associated with winter but we must remember that the "winter" themes originating in the astronomical event would properly be associated with the JUNE Solstice were you living in the South temperate Zone.Earrach (talk) 17:33, 21 November 2007 (UTC)


What, if anything, is the moon doing during this solstice? I heard somewhere that the moon is closest to the earth at the northern hemi's winter solstice. If true, this info should be here somewhere. Also the comments above have not been heeded. Someone who knows how to make a 3-d drawing should help out. 09:17, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

The position of the moon is not relevant to a solstice, which is a solar event. Sbz5809 09:44, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

Delisted from GA[edit]

I delisted this article from GA status because:

  • first off, the GA tag doesn't appear on the talk page
  • no references
  • no lead/sections
  • needs work; more can be placed into this article
  • shouldn't have boldening of terms

AndyZ 15:11, 8 January 2006 (UTC)