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STEM Ed Announcement: Winter Solstice Gatherings at the UMass Amherst Sunwheel
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- Subject: STEM Ed Announcement: Winter Solstice Gatherings at the UMass Amherst Sunwheel
- From: "Mort Sternheim" <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:41:52 -0500
This is a UMass Amherst program.
Contact information is below.
WINTER SOLSTICE 2015 -- SUNRISE & SUNSET GATHERINGS AT THE U.MASS.
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
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
More Information: For more information on the U.Mass. Sunwheel, go to
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