Winter Solstice at Stonehenge

I visited Stonehenge this morning to watch the winter solstice sunrise. English Heritage opened the monument for a couple of hours, and a few hundred people came up to celebrate, wander, and absorb the atmosphere. It was a bit foggy, and it wasn’t until about 20 minutes or so after sunrise that we first got a glimpse of the sun, shrouded in cloud. All in all, it was a very relaxed experience compared with summer solstice, when tens of thousands gather for sunrise.

Of course, Stonehenge has some interesting solar alignments. But as far as I know, winter solstice sunrise isn’t one of them! It’s winter solstice sunset that is interesting. Head over to Alun’s archaeoastronomy site to find out more about solar alignments at Stonehenge.

A picture, as it is said, can say a thousand words. My “Winter Solstice at Stonehenge” set is now up on Flickr.

Trilithon with cameraphone

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  1. alun » Merry Solstice - 21 December, 2005

    […] Closer to home, Tom Goskar of Past Thinking is at Stonehenge for the solstice. He points out a new album on Flickr with photographs from today. Well worth a look as some of them are very atmospheric. I’m quite jealous. Tom notes that attending the sunrise really was above and beyond the call of duty as no-one currently suggests there was a significant sunrise alignment for midwinter. […]