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It's the shortest day of the year!

Toowoomba frost
Cold and short - that's a South-East Queensland winter.

Australians will experience the shortest day of the year today marking the Winter Solstice (in Brisbane we'll have three and a half hours less daylight than Summer Solstice).

Astrophysicist Professor Jonti Horner says the tilt of the earth and the specific point that it will be at in its oval-shaped trajectory around the sun mean the southern hemisphere will be at its furthest point from the sun. He can explain what's behind this astronomical phenomenon and why it's great for stargazers.

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