For those of us on the northern hemisphere of our temporary little home in the universe, this year, by the Gregorian calendar, winter solstice will arrive at
2010 21 11:28 21 23:38
Those of us residing at more northern latitudes will note it more, as the days shorten, or for friends in Norway or northern Canada, simply cease to be for a while. It seems our kind has long tracked this local astrophysical reality, and through many cultures, have established celebratory occasions to mark it.
Of course, those on the other half of our hemisphere will be enjoying the longest day of summer. And those near the equatorial belt will hardly notice a thing, their days staying half and half, almost the same all through the year.
Where ever you are, whatever latitude or longitude, here’s to another spin around our little sun. Happy travels!
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
Albert Camus (1913 – 1960)
Feliz Natal, Clarinha
[A little further note: in N. America there will be a visible lunar eclipse for those with clear skies to see it.]