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OLD MAN WINTER WILL ARRIVE AT 2:22 P.M. THURSDAY

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Winter will officially arrive Thursday, Dec. 21, at 2:22 p.m., the day marking the winter solstice, according to a spokesman for the Hansen Planetarium.

"The sun has now reached its point farthest south and will soon start gradually rising higher and higher until next June when it will be farthest north, thereby marking the start of summer," spokesman Patrick Wiggins said.The position of the sun is measured off the celestial equator, an imaginary line in space above the Earth's equator.

Although Utahns and others living in the Northern Hemisphere see the winter solstice as the start of colder but longer days, people in the Southern Hemisphere are starting the warmer, shorter days of summer, he said.