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STEM Ed Announcement: Winter Solstice Gatherings at the UMass Amherst Sunwheel



This is a UMass Amherst program.
 Contact information is below.
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 WINTER SOLSTICE 2015 -- SUNRISE & SUNSET GATHERINGS AT THE U.MASS.
 SUNWHEEL: 
 
 
 Monday, December 21
 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (EST) 
 
 The public is invited to witness the passing of the seasons by joining
 a UMass astronomer to watch the Sun rise and set over the tall standing
 stones in the U.Mass. Sunwheel for the Winter Solstice. Visitors for
 the sunrise viewing should arrive at 7:00 a.m., and visitors for the
 sunset viewing should arrive at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. 
 
 The instant of Winter Solstice this year is 11:48 p.m. EST on December
 21. For those interested in learning about the sky, there will be a
 presentation which will include the significance of the solstices &
 equinoxes, the cause of the seasons and phases of the Moon, the story
 of building the Sunwheel, and discussion of other calendar sites around
 the world, including Stonehenge & Callanish. Bring your questions, your
 curiosity, and be prepared for freezing temperatures including
 waterproof footwear. The gatherings typically last 1 hour, and are held
 in all weather except rain or blizzards. 
 
 Donation: Donations to help with the cost of the additional sitework
 are appreciated.. 
 
 Location: The UMass Sunwheel is located south of McGuirk Alumni
 Stadium, just off Rocky Hill Road. The Sunwheel can easily be reached
 from the center of Amherst, following Amity St. to the west, on the
 right hand side of the road about 1/4 mile after crossing University
 Drive. 
 
 More Information: For more information on the U.Mass. Sunwheel, go to
 http://www.umass.edu/sunwheel/
 

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