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5000yo Irish tomb's winter solstice magic to be livestreamed (VIDEO) Winter solstice, the 'shortest' day of the year, arrives Thursday
Edmund Robinson | 22 December, 2017, 02:10

This amounts to 8 hours and 57 minutes of daylight for December 21st. And I continue to gather solstice tidings, such as this fascinating connection: bull kelp, the seaweed with a large round bulb ideal for making trumpets, starts to grow on December 21st and stops growing on September 21st, the Autumn Equinox, when the balance of hours of night and day are more or less equal. At that moment, the sun will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, south of the equator, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

On the shortest day of the year, the sun is due to set VERY early, sinking below the horizon in Ireland at around 4:08pm depending on your exact location. We could take inspiration from the Sun, make time to pause, to rest, to reflect, that we might wake up tomorrow and continue to work toward a brighter day. Say goodbye to shorter days, and ever so slowly start to welcome back more sun as the winter solstice arrives on Thursday. North of the Arctic Circle - at 66.5 degrees north latitude - the sun never rises, and darkness prevails as the Earth rotates on its axis.

The solstice marks the day of the year with the fewest hours of sunlightIs December 21 the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere?

Unlike our ancestors, we know the astronomical phenomenon not to do with our distance from the sun but the tilt of the earth and how it orbits around the sun.

The annual pagan celebration, also known as midwinter, signifies the astrological start of the winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Winter solstice has been celebrated for hundreds of years in Britain, pre-dating Christianity.

5000yo Irish tomb's winter solstice magic to be livestreamed (VIDEO)

In the pagan tradition, the Goddess gives birth to a son, the God, at Yule, which is around December 21.

This less direct sunlight casts a larger shadow on the earth, creating longer nights and shorter days.

Over the years, ancient cultures from Europe to the Americas have developed customs and rituals to revel in the journey toward summer and warmer days. Here in Lexington we will see nine hours and 31 minutes of daylight. "This effect, called 'the lag of the seasons, ' is similar to how when you turn down the heat while you're cooking - the pot won't immediately reach its coolest temperature".

Since the earth is tilted on a 23.5° angle, it makes sense.

If you live in the southernmost US, your earliest sunsets are in late November, according to EarthSky.org.




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