Solar Calendar

The high school astronomy class spent the last week of the fall semester building a solar calendar to celebrate the winter solstice on Friday, December 21, 2018. The winter solstice is the day of the year with the least amount of sunlight. The line of sticks between the students points 35 degrees South of East. This is the farthest south the sun will rise during the year, thus making December 21 the shortest day of the year. Many ancient cultures used similar structures to keep track of the seasons. Unfortunately, on the morning of the solstice, the fog blocked the student’s view of the rising sun. The astronomy class still enjoyed the creation none the less.