Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice 2014!  You might enjoy a post written about winter solstice, exactly a year ago today.  The Winter Solstice is one of the most ancient human celebrations on Earth. 

Please join us in celebrating the sun’s light and warmth on this special day.

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Today is the winter solstice,the shortest day of the year.

We will enjoy just over nine hours of daylight today in Williamsburg, which is still five hours more than those in Iceland will see.


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The sun hugs the horizon on these short, winter days, ascending to its lowest point in the sky all year, before falling back towards the sunset.

Instead of rising in the east, as it does at the Spring Equinox, the sun rises in the southeast at the furthest point along its seasonal journey.


A walk in the garden finds evidence of buds and new life everywhere.A walk in the garden finds evidence of buds and new life everywhere.



Here, it rises 30 degree further south than it will in March.  Likewise, the sun sets in the southwest at Winter solstice, at its furthest point from due west.

The further north one observes from…

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