NICK STROBEL: The winter solstice is upon us | Entertainment

The winter season begins on Wednesday with the December solstice, which is when the sun reaches its southernmost position among the stars.

On that day the sun will rise as far south in the southeast as it will all year, travel across the sky on its lowest path for us in the northern hemisphere (those in the hemisphere will see the sun take its highest path) and then set as far south in the southwest as it will all year.

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Contributing columnist Nick Strobel is director of the William M. Thomas Planetarium at Bakersfield College and author of the award-winning AstronomyNotes.com website.

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