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.