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Winter Solstice

Holden Observatory, Syracuse University, Winter Solstice 2011 
Happy Winter Solstice. Today the axial tilt of Earth’s Northern Hemisphere is farthest from the sun creating the shortest day and longest night of the year.  Cultural rituals acknowledging this day have existed since Neolithic times. As a human race we seem inexplicably rejuvenated by repetition.
Events like today comfort me. Religious proselytizers who have commandeered astronomical events for ideological purposes throughout history notwithstanding, I am in awe of unalterable universal laws that keep things moving. Even before we were here. Even after we are gone.