December 12, 2020

Winter Solstice & Christmas Star…Emeritus Event

By Neath Folger

The winter solstice or hibernal solstice, also known as midwinter, is the astronomical first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year when the Sun is at its lowest daily maximum elevation in the sky. This year, the winter solstice is on December 21st. The sun will set at 4:35 pm. This year’s winter solstice will be extra special as two planets, Jupiter and Saturn, will align on the same day to produce a Christmas Star!

That seems like the perfect time for emeriti to gather virtually, each in our respective homes, with a beverage of choice and raise a glass in anticipation of the Christmas Star and the sun's return. Remember, the days just get longer from here! Our time together will simply be a casual event and an opportunity to visit with others participating.

To participate, see details below.

Topic Winter Solstice Celestial Celebration (aka social hour)
Date: Dec 21, 2020 Monday
Time: 4:00- 4:40 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join the Zoom Social Event by clicking the link below at 4 pm. Please don’t join prior to 4 pm.

You should be able to join with just one click without having to enter the passcode. But, in case you are prompted for a passcode, it is listed below:

Meeting ID: 767 1435 7933
Passcode: VT2A7j

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, you might want to test accessing Zoom prior to the event day.  This Zoom test link will give you a chance to try a connection and confirm that your video works before the meeting (  If you experience difficulty, you may want to watch the tutorial by clicking this link: How to Join a Zoom Meeting  

The social event is 40 minutes long after which time the event ends. For those who would like to continue to socialize after the event has ended, you simply need to go back to the link and click it a second time which will initiate a second 40 minute session.

We hope to see you on the 21st!


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