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Historic live stream brings Newgrange winter solstice to the world

Historic live stream brings Newgrange winter solstice to the world”

"On this day, the tilt of the earth's North Pole is at its farthest from the sun, resulting in the shortest day and the longest night of the calendar year", Google said.

But here are some fascinating facts about the magical time of the winter solstice that you may not know. However, this particular year's solstice happens at 11:28 a.m. EST today. Yes, temperatures get colder while the days get longer. Following this tradition, the Emperor Aurelian established December 25 as the birthday of the "Invincible Sun", and in the year 273, the Christian church chose this day to represent the birth of Jesus.

The winter solstice occurs when in the Northern Hemisphere, which includes the US, is tipped at its furthest point away from the sun. Persians refer to the occasion as Yaldā Night, and it's a time for families to gather over pomegranates and watermelons that symbolize an active, joyous winter.

Winter may just be getting started, but if you're ready for more sunlight, you won't have much longer to wait.

Perhaps the most famous solstice event happens when thousands of Druids and Pagans gather at Stonehenge in England, one of my favorite places in the world, to chant and dance while awaiting the sunrise at the winter solstice. On the December solstice, the sun's daily southward movement in the sky appears to pause, and we see the sun rise and set at its southernmost points on the horizon before reversing direction. Both maps include different time zones and latitudes, which are marked in different colors. In Washington, D.C., the sun is up for 9 hours 26 minutes (rising at 7:23 a.m. and setting at 4:49 p.m.).



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