Don’t Miss Events for Winter Solstice 2020

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In the early morning hours of December 21st, the sun will reach its southernmost point in the sky for the entire year.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice occurs on December 21st. In the Southern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice occurs on December 21st (The opposing calendar date is June 21st).

The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year, while the Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year.

In Gainesville, Georgia, the Winter Solstice will occur on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 5:02 am EST. The evening of December 20th into the Solstice in the morning of the 21st will be the longest night of the year, with the length of darkness clocking in at 14 hours and 9 minutes.

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In case you have not heard, please be aware that Jupiter and Saturn are in conjunction right now. On December 21, visible just after sunset, they will appear as one single bright object in the sky. This will be the closest great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 397 years (the last one was July 16, 1623). Don't miss it!

This year is unlike any other, and the Winter Solstice ceremony at StoneHenge has been canceled. However, the Sun rising over the standing stones will be streamed live to give us all a chance to watch.

To watch the Winter Solstice sunrise live, please visit the English Heritage channel on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHwNa3lAjzbxRR2pbbZUE2A

Sunrise on December 21 will take place at 3:09 a.m. EST. The video will be live for about 45 minutes before and after. The video will also be provided on the YouTube channel so you can watch it later in the day as well.

To learn more about the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, check out https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/planets/great-conjunction

To learn more about the seasons and how they relate to the solstices and equinoxes, view https://www.weather.gov/dvn/Climate_Astronomical_Seasons