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Which Season Is The Longest? And Which Is The Shortest? Spring, Summer, Autumn Or Winter
Because the Earth’s orbit is not a perfect circle, the seasons differ in length. The mark on the orbital path just to the left of the Earth indicates the Earth’s closest approach to the sun, which occurs in January. When the Earth is closest to the sun, it is moving fastest, so winter is the shortest season.
Winter in the northern hemisphere is defined as beginning when the sun reaches the winter solstice (in the constellation Sagittarius) and ending when the sun reaches the Vernal Equinox (in Pisces). It lasts 89 days.
Summer begins when the sun reaches the summer solstice in Taurus and ends when the sun reaches the autumnal equinox in Virgo. It is the longest season, lasting 94 days.