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Winter solstice today. Google celebrates it with animated doodle

Winter solstice is also known as the “first day of winter” in the northern hemisphere as well as ‘hiemal solstice or hibernal solstice. ‘Solstice’ is a Latin word that means ‘stalled sun’. A solstice occurs twice in a year once in the summer and again in during winter.
Winter solstice falls on December 21 every year.(Representative Photo/AP)
Winter solstice falls on December 21 every year.(Representative Photo/AP)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 09:51 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Cold moon: Here's when you can watch the last, longest full moon of the year

The December full moon is also known as the Cold Moon and as it peaks tonight, the Selenophile in us can't keep calm. If you are a stargazer like us, here's when, where and how you can watch the last and the longest full moon of 2021
A full moon glows through tree branches and behind clouds Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Hokkaido, Japan. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
A full moon glows through tree branches and behind clouds Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Hokkaido, Japan. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 09:27 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

UN unearths record low temperature for Northern Hemisphere

The World Meteorological Organizations publicly confirmed Wednesday the all-time cold reading for the hemisphere: -69.6 Celsius recorded on Dec. 22, 1991 at an automatic weather station in a remote site called Klinck, not far from the highest point on the Greenland Ice Sheet.
In this July 18, 2011 file photo, a boat steers slowly through floating ice, and around icebergs, all shed from the Greenland ice sheet, outside Ilulissat, Greenland.(AP)
In this July 18, 2011 file photo, a boat steers slowly through floating ice, and around icebergs, all shed from the Greenland ice sheet, outside Ilulissat, Greenland.(AP)
Updated on Sep 23, 2020 03:59 PM IST
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Geneva | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

Too many travelers, too few planes is US airlines’ 737 MAX summer dilemma

“The revenue is right in front of them. They can see it, but they can’t meet it,” said Mike Trevino, spokesman for Southwest Airlines Pilots Association and an aviation industry veteran.
Low-cost carrier Southwest, which unlike its rivals only flies Boeing 737s, had estimated $150 million in lost revenue between Feb. 20 and March 31 alone due to MAX cancellations and other factors.(AFPFILE IMAGE FOR REPRESENTATION)
Low-cost carrier Southwest, which unlike its rivals only flies Boeing 737s, had estimated $150 million in lost revenue between Feb. 20 and March 31 alone due to MAX cancellations and other factors.(AFPFILE IMAGE FOR REPRESENTATION)
Updated on Apr 14, 2019 10:11 PM IST
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CHICAGO | ByReuters

Winter solstice 2018: Snowy Google Doodle marks shortest day of the year

The moon will appear full both on Friday and Saturday nights. Native Americans marked December’s full moon as the beginning of the coldest part of the year.
The Google Doodle features a “mousy” animated figure ice skating above a mouse hole. It appears, he has collected food for hibernation. The animation ends with the figure rolling into the hole while covered in snow.(Google)
The Google Doodle features a “mousy” animated figure ice skating above a mouse hole. It appears, he has collected food for hibernation. The animation ends with the figure rolling into the hole while covered in snow.(Google)
Updated on Dec 21, 2018 11:09 AM IST
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Indo Asian News Service | ByIndo Asian News Service, New Delhi

A ray of hope for the ozone layer

Efforts to replace chemicals with less harmful ones like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) have begun to pay off
This combination of images made available by NASA shows areas of low ozone above Antarctica on September 2000, left, and September 2018. The purple and blue colors are where there is the least ozone, and the yellows and reds are where there is more ozone. A United Nations report released on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 says Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing after aerosol sprays and coolants ate away at it(AP)
This combination of images made available by NASA shows areas of low ozone above Antarctica on September 2000, left, and September 2018. The purple and blue colors are where there is the least ozone, and the yellows and reds are where there is more ozone. A United Nations report released on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 says Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing after aerosol sprays and coolants ate away at it(AP)
Updated on Nov 12, 2018 12:09 PM IST
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More protection: UN says Earth’s ozone layer is healing

The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Scientist raised the alarm and ozone-depleting chemicals were phased out worldwide.
This combination of images made available by NASA shows areas of low ozone above Antarctica on September 2000, left, and September 2018. The purple and blue colours are where there is the least ozone, and the yellows and reds are where there is more ozone. A United Nations report released on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 says Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing after aerosol sprays and coolants ate away at it.(AP)
This combination of images made available by NASA shows areas of low ozone above Antarctica on September 2000, left, and September 2018. The purple and blue colours are where there is the least ozone, and the yellows and reds are where there is more ozone. A United Nations report released on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 says Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing after aerosol sprays and coolants ate away at it.(AP)
Updated on Nov 05, 2018 07:26 PM IST
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Washington | ByAssociated Press

United States weather forecaster sees 65% chance of El Nino from September

Chances of the emergence of the El Nino weather pattern have increased to 65% during the fall (September to November) and 70% during the winter 2018-19 (December to February), a US government weather forecaster said on Thursday.
The last El Niño, a pattern that brings a warming of ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific every few years, was linked to crop damage, fires and flash floods before it went away in 2016.(AFP/File Photo)
The last El Niño, a pattern that brings a warming of ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific every few years, was linked to crop damage, fires and flash floods before it went away in 2016.(AFP/File Photo)
Updated on Jul 12, 2018 11:05 PM IST
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