The winter solstice is today. This is the longest night of the year for us here in the northern hemisphere, kicking off the start of the winter season, so I will spend it with some friends who are backyard amateur astronomers who enjoy (of course) looking up at the stars, and living the moment of those key astronomical events. We are lucky this year that the Solstice will occur this afternoon for us on the West Coast of Canada, in Vancouver.
According to www.timeanddate.com they say, “December Solstice in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is on
Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 3:03 PM PST.” So, this afternoon I can watch the Sun as it arks across the sky, noting its position at that time, then noting sundown for the start of the longest night of the year. Of course this all depends on the weather and how cloudy it is–we could get lucky.
What my patio deck looked liked today as the Sun poked through the clouds–a cool 7C outside. The debris was from the wind and rain storm last night blowing leaves from off of my roof.
After I have my sleep today, I will clean this mess up.