Stars and Stripes stripes.com 18 Dec, 2020 16:30 am

Experience the winter solstice from home this year

Experience the winter solstice from home this year
Public events around the world have been canceled in hopes of stemming the global pandemic, but there’s no stopping the forces of nature. One event that all life on earth experiences simultaneously is the solstice. At 11:02 a.m. Dec. 21, the sun in the skies above the Northern Hemisphere will reach its most southerly point of the year, and all those living above the equator will experience the shortest amount of daylight hours and the longest hours of night.

Experience the winter solstice from home this year A livestream from England's Stonehenge, shown here in winter, will be available Dec.At the time of the winter solstice, the sun would have set between the upright pillars of the tallest of the arched structures known as trilithons.Archaeologists surmise that Stonehenge’s winter solstice might have been more important to its Neolithic builders than the summer solstice, with feasts the likely means they would have marked the shortest day of the year and the gradual return of the sunlight.In the interest of public health, no Winter Solstice gathering will be held at Stonehenge in 2020.

Instead, the Winter Solstice sunrise will be live-streamed from the stones on the morning of Dec.It was only in the late 1960s that scientists discovered that at the dawn of the winter solstice, a shaft of light shines through a perfectly positioned portal and lights up the corridor leading to the basin of ancestral remains.

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