Dec 22, 2013 · 6:30 AM
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Winter Solstice Observance
I know this is a bit early for some (including me!) so giving enough advanced notice.
Meet at the reconstructed Woodhenge. Arrive by 6:50 am. to hear an explanation of the discovery, form and function of this ancient post circle calendar.
The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. Hence the origin of the word solstice, which comes from Latin solstitium, from sol, "sun" and -stitium, "a stoppage." Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter.
Each year the UNESCO World Heritage Site hosts a solstice celebration atop 100-foot-high Monk's Mound.
We can meet at Cahokia or if anyone is interested in carpooling, post a comment and we can start a carpool thread under the discussion tab.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is located:
30 Ramey Street
Collinsville, IL 62234