Winter solstice: Five facts about the shortest day

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The winter solstice takes place today - the shortest day in the northern hemisphere.

Here are five facts about the winter solstice:

People gather at Stonehenge in Wiltshire to witness the sunrise on the shortest day of the year. (Photo: PA)

People gather at Stonehenge in Wiltshire to witness the sunrise on the shortest day of the year. (Photo: PA)

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