Winter Solstice yoga event at The Jam Handy

21 December, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Grady King
  • Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

For the first time ever, the famous winter solstice at Newgrange will be available to watch live as the event will be streamed online.

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Although they both relate to a similar thing, there is a big difference between an equinox and a solstice. The axis is the line through the planet that Earth spins around, connecting the north and south poles. But the axis isn't quite perpendicular to the path of its orbit, instead it is tilted on its side about 23 degrees, with the axis always pointing the same way into space.

Each year, the OPW runs a Winter Solstice Lottery to select a handful of visitors from across the globe to witness the spectacular display in person. Spring and fall mark when the sun's rays are directly over the equator. That time this year is at 4:28 PM Universal Time, or 9:28 PM Eastern time on Thursday. The summer solstice is when the sun's rays are directly over the Tropic of Cancer.

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As a effect, on December 21, the northern half gets the least solar radiation as it does all year long, and sees the fewest hours of daylight.

While the shortest day can be kind of a bummer, it has a little silver lining: It means that from here, sunlight will stick around longer and longer. Afterwards, it will continue until it reaches the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.

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"It is how we connected sites like Munster Joinery's offices in Ballydesmond and we are delighted it has now led to our involvement with Newgrange and the winter solstice", he said. Wiccans celebrate Alban Arthan - or the rebirth of the Sun God. The event is thought to be even more important than the summer solstice in the pagan calendar because it marks the "re-birth" of the sun for the new year.

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