On December 21st at 3:07 PM Eastern standard time, the northern hemisphere is tilted as far away from the sun as it ever gets, marking the moment as the winter solstice. In the picture, the far right demonstrates the axis at this time. What this ultimately means is the winter solstice has the least sunlight of any day this year and from this date the days will start getting longer. The winter solstice has 9 hours and 23 minutes of daylight and the summer solstice on June 21st will have 14 hours and 58 minutes of daylight. The winter solstice may mean new beginning to some. With the longer days we have more time to be outdoors enjoying the sunshine. Enjoy the beginning of longer days with more light and warm sun.