Today has been the shortest day, and tonight is the longest night, when the sun set in line with the axis of Stonehenge – built nearly five thousand years ago, quite possibly to mark the event. Tomorrow, the sunset will be just a little further north, the day will be longer and the night slightly shorter.
And tonight, as a wonderful bonus, there was a beautiful full moon.
God knows what the new year will bring, with Trump and Putin running the world, and the terminal disaster following the European referendum. But whatever happens, there will be a new year, with a summer, whether or not there is anyone left sane (or even alive) on Earth to see it.
The solstices and equinoxes will revolve on regardless as they have done for billions of years, with or without us.
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