Thursday, December 22, 2011

The shortest day of the year

...or, conversely, the longest night of the year, has arrived.

The winter solstice occurred at 5:30 a.m. UTC today. That is, the axial tilt of our planet’s polar hemisphere is farthest away from the star that it orbits.

And by “our planet” I mean Earth. Terra firma. Any inhabitants of other planets who happen to be reading this, I refer you to Emily Latella.

And if you are a Neo-Druid -- I’m not, by the way -- this might be of interest to you as well:

(Photo of sunrise at Stonehenge taken by Mark Grant on Dec. 22, 1985. Released under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5)


Yorkshire Pudding said...

And now a new year is coming. Days lengthening almost imperceptibly. This is way my pagan ancestors had feasts and great fires at this time of year - long before our shores were first visited by Christians.

rhymeswithplague said...

Y.P., so you are saying in effect that you're not a Neo-Druid, you're a real Druid.

Shooting Parrots said...

Despite what I've written about on my blog, I missed the big event.

I have been debating whether to go on the annual winter solstice walk to the top of a large hill to watch the sun rise, but my main reason was to take photographs and the weather forecast was terrible.

So I stayed home while Mrs and my daughter went anyway only for skies to clear and the sun to shine.

Note to self: do not believe weather forecaters.