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What Is Winter?

Part of Winter and Conservation

According to the met office, there are two ways of deciding when winter begins and ends. One is the astronomical winter and the other meteorological.

The day in our calendar that marks the first day of winter refers to the astronomical seasons, which are a result of the Earth's axis and orbit around the Sun. Check back to Space Week to find out more on this subject!

This year, astronomical winter begins on 21 December 2020 and ends on 20 March 2021.

The meteorological winter begins on 1 December and ends on the last day of February

Have you heard of the winter solstice? This is the day of the year we have the least sunlight - the shortest day of the year! But the great news is after the 21 December we are heading towards spring!

Watch this BBC video to find out more.

BBC - Solstice: The Earth is Reaching The Turning Point
Winter Trees
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Winter Trees
Photo by Anne Nygård on Unsplash

This page is part of the Winter and Conservation information.

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