What was the official time and day of the 2011 Winter Solstice? It usually falls on December 21 but occasionally on the 22nd. For Eugene, the official time was 9:30 p.m. on the 21st. For all time zones to the east of the Central Standard Time meridian (90 degrees west longitude), the December solstice falls on Thursday, December 22. Enough astronomy! Thanks to the leader, the Obsidians celebrated on the 22nd and that meant we had fewer people on the top. That gave us ample viewing space to observe and photograph the sunset radiance in the pedestal slot. Everyone had positive things to see about the sunset hike: authentic glow, timeless feeling, spectacular, luminous, golden, outstanding, vermilion, orange/stripy, great weather, and the leader’s date selection. We started up the trail at 3:40 pm with just the right amount of time to enjoy the sunset at 4:37 pm. The alpine glow on Diamond Peak was our farewell view as we started down the trail around 4:45pm to enjoy the reds of the sunset in west. You don’t need to take my word for it but the “beginning of a new era or the end of the world” 2012 December Solstice is Friday, December 21, 2012. There will be an Obsidian sunset hike up Pisgah. Check out the 2012 phenomenon on Wikipedia.Members: Janet Jacobsen, Susan Sanazaro, Darko Sojak, Nancy Whitfield, Jim Whitfield, Randy Sinnott, Patricia Mac Afee, Pat Soussan, Lana Lindstrom, Helen Martz, Laurie Marshall, Cindy Rust. Nonmembers: Jorry Rolfe, Charles Ashmore.
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