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Ceremony marks winter solstice in Penticton

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December 18, 2012 - 3:20 PM

Folks in Penticton plan to celebrate Winter Solstice on Munson Mountain.

A group of standing stones named Pen Henge was erected three years ago by the Okanagan Astronomical Society and like Stone Henge in Wiltshire, England was designed to cast shadows with the movement of the sun.

According to a Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Okanagan Centre website, the henge works as the setting sun casts a shadow up the length of the winter solstice stone to line up with the heel stone. The actual timing of winter solstice takes place in the wee hours of the morning Dec. 21, while the celebration and observation will occur later the same day. The sun sets at 3:27 p.m.

After the gathering on Munson Mountain, attendees are invited to the Shatford Centre in Penticton for refreshments as several organizations mark the turning of the season with presentations and displays during the "Sun Returning—a Celebration" event.

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