Most of the United States sees less than 10 hours of daylight on the winter solstice, but the exact length of daylight depends on your latitude.
Google's homepage features an animated sequence which features a cartoon character with an acorn-shaped head standing on ice. Known as the winter solstice, it also happens to be the shortest day of the year.
One place on earth that is particularly interesting on Winter solstice is Stonehedge, in the UK. In December, the Earth's North Pole turns away from the Sun, giving the Southern Hemisphere the most sunlight.
The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year for the Southern Hemisphere. So winter solstice is generally celebrated for being the rebirth of the sun and as the beginning of the solar year.
Who else is ready for the days to get a little longer? This year it occurs very close not only to a full moon but to a full supermoon.
While the earth rotates about the sun, it also spins on its axis, which is tilted some 23.5 degrees towards the plane of its rotation.
According to NASA, a full moon hasn't coincided with the winter solstice since 2010 and it's not expected to join the solstice again until 2094.
If being out in the dark isn't your thing, the good news is that the nights only get shorter from here. This causes the time of sunrise and sunset to shift slightly later each day, even as the days continue to get shorter until December 21. From here, the number of minutes of daylight will slowly increase as we head toward the the spring equinox. In Los Angeles, winter solstice is at 2:23 p.m. PST, with a 99.6-percent full moonrise at 4:12 p.m. PST and a sunset at 4:47 p.m. PST.