The start of winter is official

Chris Murphy, Timmy and Noah Kausch got a bird's-eye view. — Photo by Lisa Vanderhoop

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee sponsored a Winter Solstice Celebration Saturday at the base of the lighthouse.

Saturday was the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and the longest night.

At 12:11 pm, December 21, the sun appeared directly overhead along the Tropic of Capricorn, at 23.5 degrees south latitude. With the Earth’s north pole at its maximum tilt away from the sun, locations north of the equator saw the sun follow its lowest and shortest arc across the southern sky. For the next six months, the days again grow longer as the sun spends more time above the horizon.