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Google Doodle marking the 2015 winter solstice in the northern hemisphere

It’s the official first day of winter, and Google is celebrating accordingly with a snow globe-themed Google Doodle marking the winter solstice.

The doodle, which is visible in Canada, Latin America, most of Europe and parts of Asia, shows the company’s famous logo within a snow globe with two people skating.

The December solstice, which marks the shortest day and longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere, occurs when the North Pole is at its greatest distance away from the sun due to the 23.5-degree tilt of the earth’s access. It usually takes place on Dec. 21 or Dec. 22.

The moment that marks the shortest day this year will take place at 11:48 p.m. ET on Monday.

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