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Limerick company to beam winter solstice to millions

21 December, 2017, 01:20 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Stonehenge draws hundreds of people every year for the winter solstice.

On the day of the winter solstice, the Northern Hemisphere of Earth is leaning far back, away from the Sun.

"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.

And while we may casually notice that December 21, 2017, on the kitchen calendar marks the shortest day here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's easy to forget that we live on a large terrestrial-type planet orbiting the Sun at 30 kilometers per second or 18.5 miles per second. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25, just days after the solstice, and many believe the date of December 25 was chosen to overshadow the pagan celebrations of Saturnalia and Natalis Invicti, according to timeanddate.com. Precisely how short that is varies with how far north or south you are-around the solstice, the sun never truly rises at the north pole.

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

"Culturally, the solstices and equinoxes are typically used to denote either the beginnings of the seasons or the center points of the seasons..."

The live stream will begin at 8.30am (We'll share the link in a post to our facebook page at 8.20am) and this year marks a very special anniversary too. During the other half of the year, between September and March, the south pole is pointing toward the sun, with the solstice marking the midway point of this journey.

The solstice always falls between the 19th and 22nd of December. "A few moments of magic...5,000 years in the making!" One day after the solstice, the day will be one minute longer, and it will keep growing.

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