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20 December 2020 18:42

Winter Solstice Live Streaming From Stonehenge Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year.

Winter Solstice Stonehenge live stream - How to watch

The change of season is marked with significant celebrations every year. People would flock to the famous English Heritage, Stonehenge. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, English Heritage—the charity that manages the monument has barred people from gathering at the site and instead watch the event from home. You can watch the Winter Solstice 2020 live from Stonehenge as the Sunset and Sunrise will be streamed online. The Stonehenge is a popular site, and every year, during summer and winter solstice, people would gather to view the stunning sunset and sunrise.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the English heritage hosted live streaming of the summer solstice this year, which attracted more than five million viewers. The charity will host live streaming so that people can watch the solstice event online from home. How to Watch Winter Solstice 2020 Live From Stonehenge? The Winter Solstice 2020 sunset and sunrise will be live-streamed from the stones on the evening of December 20 and the morning of December 21. The sunset at the Stonehenge on December 20 will take place at 16:01 GMT, (21:30 IST) and the sunrise will take place at 8:09 AM GMT (13:39 PM IST).

The English Heritage will live stream the solstice on its website, YouTube and Twitter pages on both the days. Winter Solstice Live Streaming From Stonehenge Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. Historians suspect that the significance of Stonehenge is directly linked to tracking annual solar cycles as the stones are set up in a way that perfectly frames the sun on at least two occasions of the year—the winter and summer solstice. The Dōngzhì Festival (literally, the Winter Solstice Festival) is one of the most important East Asian festivals, celebrated on this day by the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and the Vietnamese during what they call the Dongzhi solar term (winter solstice). In Ireland, people gather around a 5,200-year-old tomb a few days before the winter solstice and then wait for the rising sun to light the inner passage and chamber of the tomb.

But nonetheless, the festival day holds a significance to the solstice celestial event since it is observed on the first day of Sun's transit into the Capricorn zodiac, therefore marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days. At the pole, there is continuous darkness or twilight around the winter solstice. Its opposite is the summer solstice, which occurs when the Earth's pole has the maximum tilt towards the sun and witnesses the longest day and the shortest night. This year, Winter Solstice 2020 also coincides with the celestial conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn planets, as the sun reaches a point where it appears to shine farthest to the south of equator over the Tropic of Capricorn, marking the start of the winter solstice. As the fifth planet from the sun, Jupiter is the largest in the solar system, as a gas giant with a mass one-thousandth of the Sun. Five interesting facts about the Winter Solstice Each year, people in their thousands turn up to Stonehenge to mark Winter Solstice. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic still in full swing, gatherings at the British heritage site have been cancelled. The Winter Solstice, which takes place on December 21 this year, marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year when the Sun is at its lowest in the sky. Winter Solstice marks the official first day of winter, in astronomical terms at least. There is no definitive start to winter, but astronomers will tell you it starts at the Winter Solstice, while meteorologists argue that it begins on December 1. The Farmers Almanac said: "Because an almanac is traditionally defined as a "calendar of the heavens," we at The Old Farmer's Almanac follows the astronomical definition of the seasons, which states that each of the four seasons starts on a solstice or equinox. Winter Solstice Stonehenge live stream - How to watch The annual phenomenon is caused by the Earth's North Pole tilting farther away from the Sun than at any other point in the year "It is important for meteorologists to be able to compare climatological statistics for a particular season from one year to the next—for agriculture, commerce, and a variety of other purposes. "Meteorological winter starts on December 1 and includes December, January, and February." READ MORE: Stonehenge discovery suggested builders 'more advanced than thought' Gatherings at Stonehenge have been cancelled this year The day is a significant part of British traditions, with thousands usually heading to Stonehenge to mark the occasion. However, this year gatherings at Stonehenge have been banned in light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. No need the fret though, as the English Heritage will be providing a live stream of the Winter Solstice on its website. Proceedings will kick off at 4.01pm GMT today, and will be available online until 8.09am GMT tomorrow morning - marking the longest night of the year. "Owing to the pandemic, and in the interests of public health, there will be no Winter Solstice gathering at Stonehenge this year" The new European data protection law requires us to inform you of the following before you use our website: We use cookies and other technologies to customize your experience, perform analytics and deliver personalized advertising on our sites, apps and newsletters and across the Internet based on your interests. By clicking "I agree" below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms. See our Privacy Policy and Third Party Partners to learn more about the use of data and your rights.

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