Winter Solstice Celebration
December 21 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Astronomically, the Winter Solstice is the time when the sun reaches the southernmost point of its annual journey around our sky. It occurs this year at 5:23 p.m. on the 21st. In the Northern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice marks the first day of Winter, and is the shortest day of the year. The word solstice literally means “sun standing still.” As the sun reaches its southern extreme, its motion slows, stops and reverses – hardly moving its rise and set points for several days. Many ancient cultures noticed this and planned celebrations to encourage the sun to return north again and bring new life after the dying of the autumn.
In our celebration, you can learn the how and why of the solstice and changing seasons and explore the festivals of light that abound in the northern world at this time of year in our full-dome planetarium program “Season of Light”.
Show times: 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 pm. We will have crafts from 4:00 – 6:30 for children to make candles and yule logs to celebrate the season of light at home. If skies are clear, you can also look at the early winter skies through TWC’s telescopes.