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Getting Dark at 4 o’clock December 13, 2016

Filed under: Arctic Circle,Seasons,Seattle,Stonehenge,Winter Solstice — Janet @ 4:29 pm

December 11 – Here it is only 4 o’clock on an overcast wintry day and it’s getting dark.  I can hardly wait for the winter solstice.  The onset of dim light and then darkness seems to be getting earlier in the afternoon this year.  Or do I forget from year to year.

Official sunset times in Seattle seem to hover around 4:10 and 4:20 these days.  Combined with sunrise times that means about 8 hours of daylight.  Don’t feel gloomy – I just looked at one of my favorite blogs – Dances With Wool – the author lives in Northern Finland on the edge of the Arctic Circle where they have only 3 hours of daylight at this time of year.  Sunrise around 11 and sunset around 2.  By 5 o’clock one feels like it’s bedtime.  I don’t know if I could take that.  Seattle and Dublin are far enough north for me.

 

solstice-stonehenge  winter solstice sunrise at Stonehenge

photo credit: Wikipedia

 

The Winter Solstice December 21, 2015

Filed under: Newgrange,Solstice,Stonehenge — Janet @ 3:20 pm

I wonder if the sun’s rays reached the inner chamber at Newgrange this morning.

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7478 newgrange light reaching the inner chamber

 

Were there festivities at Stonehenge?         1489 stonehenge

 

117010 winter solstice