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'Pen Henge' to mark solstice

It's an ancient custom that some still adhere to as the winter solstice takes place.

On Dec. 21, the first day of winter, the public is invited to 'Pen Henge', the Okanagan's own standing stone structure, on Munson Mountain in Penticton.

People are expected to gather at 2.45 p.m. in anticipation of sunset at 3.27 p.m., the shortest day in the 2017 calendar.

Pen Henge designer Chris Purton said the timing will allow the group to prepare to mark the sunset phenomenon, when the rays of the setting sun extend from the winter solstice stone to the heel stone. 

The actual time of the solstice is at 8.28 a.m. on the 21st.

The solstice gathering has been organized the Okanagan Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (OCRASC), Penticton chapter.



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