Brace yourself! Winter Solstice arrives

(WXYZ) - Friday morning at 6: 11 a.m. local time the season will officially change from Fall to Winter with the arrival of the Winter Solstice. 

The solstice means the north pole is tipped as far away from the sun as it can go (23.5 degrees). Conversely , the south pole is going to be tipped as far toward the sun as it can go. 

The sun's direct rays drop as far south as the Tropic of Capricorn which is 23.5 degrees south of the equator. 

All areas north of the Arctic Circle will be in darkness for 24 hours while south of the Antarctic Circle will have 24 hours of sunshine.

In the northern hemisphere this is the shortest day of sunlight. 

There is a little discrepancy about this in some places because of the location within a time zone, but generally it is true. 

Detroit's sunrise is 7:59 a.m. and sunset is 5:04 p.m. tomorrow, December 21st. The solstice is not always on December 21st.

The solstice can occur anytime between December 20th and the December 23rd.

So, if you are a Winter lover tomorrow is your day!  If you prefer a warmer time of year, take note that after tomorrow the days are only getting longer.

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