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Old 21-12-2015, 10:03 PM   #335
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Winter Solstice Explained in layman's terms..
The axial tilt of Earth and gyroscopic effects of its daily rotation mean that the two opposite points in the sky to which the Earth's axis of rotation points change very slowly (making a complete circle approximately every 26,000 years).. As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the polar hemisphere that faced away from the Sun, experiencing winter, will, in half a year, face towards the Sun and experience summer.. This is because the 2 hemispheres face opposite directions along Earth's axis, and so as one polar hemisphere experiences winter, the other experiences summer..It is significant that at Stonehenge the Great Trilithon was erected outwards from the centre of the monument, i.e. its smooth flat face was turned towards the midwinter Sun..Date Between December 21 and December 22..

Sunrise at Stonehenge on the Winter Solstice..

The concentration of the observances were not always on the day commencing at midnight or at dawn, but at the beginning of the pagan day, which in many cultures fell on the previous eve.. Because the event was seen as the reversal of the Sun's ebbing presence in the sky, concepts of the birth or rebirth of sun gods have been common and, in cultures which used cyclic calendars based on the winter solstice, the "year as reborn" was celebrated with reference to life-death-rebirth deities or "new beginnings" such as Hogmanay's redding, a New Year cleaning tradition. Also "reversal" is yet another frequent theme, as in Saturnalia's slave and master reversals...

Sol Invictus ("The Unconquered Sun") was originally a Syrian god who was later adopted as the chief god of the Roman Empire under Emperor Aurelian.. His holiday is traditionally celebrated on December 25, as are several gods associated with the winter solstice in many pagan traditions..Blue Christmas, also called the Longest Night, in the Western Christian tradition, is a day in the Advent season marking the longest night of the year.. On this day, some churches hold a church service that honours people that have lost loved ones in that year..

Although the instant of the solstice can be calculated, direct observation of the solstice by amateurs is impossible because the sun moves too slowly or appears to stand still (the meaning of "solstice").. Further, to be precise to a single day, one must be able to observe a change in azimuth or elevation less than or equal to about 1/60 of the angular diameter of the sun.. Observing that it occurred within a 2-day period is easier, requiring an observation precision of only about 1/16 of the angular diameter of the sun..Happy solstice, everyone!.. is Britain?.People should know when they are conquered..Where?.There!.Ah, yes, Lord, there..There is Papyrus cane, divine Caesar? (and its close relatives) have a very long history of use by humans, notably by the Ancient Egyptians..Would have been like the sun on my heart for a thousand years..Your family will meet you in the afterlife...
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