Welcome winter and be prepared for the longest night of the year tonight.
The winter solstice brings the shortest day – and the longest night of the year.
The reason for the different seasons in the two hemispheres is that while the earth rotates around the sun, it also spins on its axis, which is tilted some 23.5 degrees. Because of this tilt, the Northern Hemisphere receives less direct sunlight and the Southern Hemisphere receives more (and vice versa) depending on the season.
The Light Up Solar System shown above is a helpful aid in teaching about our solar system.
This long winter’s night could be a good night for family game night. What is your families’ favorite game?