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Over 5000 gather at Stonehenge to celebrate Winter Solstice
Over 5000 gather at Stonehenge to celebrate Winter Solstice
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22 December, 2016

It is your cold side.

So, we know many of you are probably gearing up for the winter holidays, perhaps counting down the days until Christmas or Hanukkah, or finalizing your New Year's Eve plans or outfits. Live Science details some of the rituals and celebrations that people have practiced to mark the shortest day of the year.

That means today has fewer daylight hours than any other day.

After the solstice, the days slowly start to get longer again.

Dwindling daylight is even more pronounced farther north. Portland, Maine, will catch just 8 hours and 56 minutes of sun, and Anchorage, Alaska, will eke out just 5 hours and 27 minutes. A website is available that shows the streets and cities around the world where you can get a clear view of the sun rising on the morning of the solstice. Back then, people thought that the winter solstice was more significant that the summer solstice because the winter solstice was a time when they killed cattle -with the aim of not feeding them during winter- and wine and beer were fermented.

Here, we're going to dive into the scientific side of the solstice, which is just as attractive as the spiritual aspect. Newgrange, a megalithic site in Ireland, was constructed in 3,200 B.C. This precedes Stonehenge by about 200 years.

According to EarthSky, the Northern Hemisphere has the shortest day of the year on winter solstice. Cave 19 aligns to the winter solstice sunrise as the sun flashes on the great statue of Budha. The sun is high.

The winter solstice has been noticed by by human beings since antiquity, and has been marked by celebrations and ritual by almost every human society.

While some cultural and religious traditions do celebrate the Solstice in a more official capacity, you can do whatever the hell you want to mark the occasion. Here, people cool off in the Pacific Ocean during a record-setting heat wave on the day of the summer solstice in Santa Monica, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. And there was celebration of the rebirth of day and the rekindling of the sun's warmth. It also means that the earth has "completed another annual circuit" around the sun.

The ancients built Stonehenge between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. Thus you have smaller days and lengthier nights. Only the laurel, pine, spruce, fir, cedar and hemlock were still awake.

One thing we can glean from this map is the combined effect of time zones and latitude on sunset times.


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