Friday is the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Susan Larson
Friday, December 21, 2012
The bad news for those who like daylight is we won't have much on Friday. Dec. 21, 2012 — aside from being the supposed end of the world — is the winter solstice in Earth's Northern Hemisphere, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. The sun will rise at 7:24 a.m. and set at 4:53 p.m. The good news is days begin getting longer again on Saturday. The sun's path will reach its southern-most high noon position in the sky, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, according to An Almanac Minute: The Winter Solstice. Friday also is the official first day of winter.
Several Arlington venues are hosting End of the World parties.
Don’t make any rash decisions: Experts say 12/21/12 is going to be just another typical winter solstice. Killer solar flares aren’t expected. Another planet isn’t on a collision course with ours. And the Mayan “long count calendar” ending on this date has no real significance — they had to end it somewhere! But just in case: Several Arlington hot spots are hosting End of the World parties. Spider Kelly's gets under way at 9 p.m. Friday. The Front Page Arlington is starting a bit earlier, at 7:30 p.m. What is All the Fuss About? A number of theories and predictions call for Earth’s demise on Dec. 21, 2012: What are the Experts Saying? The intrigue created by multiple end-of-the-world predictions has made some scholars and even NASA stand up…