The longest night time of the year appeared to start early on Friday afternoon with a blanket of fog and rain over Maine. The winter solstice occurred at 5:23 p.m. within the Northern Hemisphere because the solar moved straight over the Tropic of Capricorn, or 23.5 levels south latitude.
The winter solstice signifies the shortest day of the year, with merely 8 hours and 56 minutes of daylight in Portland and even much less in Lubec, to the northeast, which noticed solely 8 hours and 47 minutes of the day. Solstices happen as a result of the Earth spins on a tilted axis, so that for 6 months the North Pole is pointed towards the sun, and the South Pole is pointed towards the solar in the course of the different half of the year.
To some people, the winter solstice is a time to hunker indoors, ideally in the entrance of a fireside with a heated drink in hand and woolen socks on the feet. Others embrace the dark, looking for lights and firm as would the traditional pagans, who celebrated with feasts and toasts.
1000’s of individuals collect at Stonehenge in England to observe the dawn on the winter solstice. In Maine, a lot smaller winter solstice celebrations happen across the state, equivalent to Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Winter Solstice Lantern Stroll, the Maine Audubon Winter Solstice Celebration with Spirit Passages at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, and the Belfast Unitarian Universalist Church Winter Solstice occasion.