The great arc of the sun reaches its lowest point in the sky today in the Northern Hemisphere. This day has the least amount of daylight - and the longest night - of any day of the year. With this day the beginning of winter occurs at 6:03 EST. For the next six months the sun will climb a bit higher every day in the Northern Hemisphere. It will take another month for heat from the "rebirth" of the sun to make a noticeable difference here on Earth. While we experience, perhaps enjoy, a world at rest the lengthening days can give us hope that the "dead season" will soon come to an end.