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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 04:12 AM
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What Will You Be Doing At the "Precise Moment" of the 2007 Winter Solstice?
"The precise moment of the 2007 solstice will be Sat., Dec. 22, 1:08 A.M. EST (06:08 UT).

"In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth's equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Cancer. In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter and summer solstices are reversed.


"Longest Night of the Year
The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. Hence the origin of the word solstice, which comes from Latin solstitium, from sol, sun and -stitium, a stoppage. Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter."

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/wintersolstice1.html

so that would be just after midnight my time on friday night/saturday morning--hey--it's already friday!

my guess is that 1. i will be awake; 2. waiting for my daughter to return home; 3. possibly wrapping presents or i'll be right here or out in the yard looking up at the moon.

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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 04:15 AM
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1. Just walking into my apartment...
to shower, finish packing, and heading off to the airport.
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 04:31 AM
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3. I just watched the solstice sunrise event from NewGrange..
Live webcast is happening again tomorrow, but rain is predicted, so it may not be as dramatic as the one that just happened.

It was awesome! I got turned on to it thru a DU link, of course. (Loves me some DU!)

Here's the original DU posting with link to the webcast:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 09:01 PM
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24. will it just start up? how long before "the moment" does the webcast start?
i'm listening to malloy--and i don't want to miss the end of his show
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OzarkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 10:00 PM
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28. About 20 minutes before
I watched the archive of today's webcast earlier, it was really something. They give a lot of the history and science about the event.

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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 10:01 PM
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29. Starts about a half-hour before the sun illuminates the chamber..
They're predicting rain though, so there may not be much to see.
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 04:24 AM
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2. If I can stay awake, I will be watching the solstice stream live from a
chamber in Ireland

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Probably boring to some, but fascinating to me
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 04:36 AM
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4. so is that 1am eastern time here?
http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/Solstice2007 /

Solstice 2007
Heritage Ireland are proud to present a "live" webcast of the winter solstice at Newgrange.

The live stream will begin at 8.30 am on 21st and 22nd December 2007.

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Glorfindel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 06:02 AM
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5. Fast asleep (I hope) in my cousin's apartment in New York City
after an exhausting day of travel by airplane from Gulfport, MS, via Atlanta. But it's worth the trip to get to be with beloved relatives for Christmas. :toast:
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 06:48 AM
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6. Hopefully celebrating the season because the dems had a huge win
And now have a fillibuster proof Senate that can exclude Joe Lieberman instead of the slimmest of margins.
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TransitJohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 06:50 AM
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7. Is there an election today?
Why don't I ever get the memo?
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 07:20 AM
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8. Damn, I was reading it as next year
A big Doh! for me.
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 11:51 AM
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12. well, put it on your "things to do list" because i have a sneaking suspicion
that there will be a winter solstice in december 2008 as well.
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 07:24 AM
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9. Waiting for spring. nt
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 07:33 AM
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10. A lot of people will be moaning and screaming - it's World Orgasm Day
Any way you scream it, one group hopes you'll be having an orgasm in the name of world peace this Friday at 6:08 GMT.

At the exact moment of the winter solstice, the world is urged to get busy at the second annual Global Orgasm for World Peace.

People across the world — but especially in countries with "weapons of mass destruction and places where violence is used in place of medication" — are being asked to synchronize their orgasms, according to the group's Web site.

This group session of sexual healing, aka The Big O, is designed to be an "instantaneous surge of human biological, mental and spirtual energy" that organizers hope will reduce levels of violence, hatred and fear around the world during this, the longest night of the year.

Global Orgasm is the brain child of Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell, co-founders of the anti-war organization Baring Witness, a group of activists who strip to make public peace displays with their naked bodies.



GD thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
Lounge threads:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

website: http://www.globalorgasm.org /

Time of Solstice in different time zones: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?mo...

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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 11:56 AM
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15. thanks for the time zone link
i remember this world orgasm business from last year (i don't think i participated)

i didn't realize it was during the solstice

so this year, i'll probably be webcasting and thinking: gee--a lot of people are having an orgasm right about now.
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 09:39 PM
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25. "Sponsored in part by Dentoursmx.com, dental tourism in Quertaro, Mexico"
Well, that's different...

But then again, there's this from the site:

Our minds influence Matter and Quantum Energy fields, so by concentrating our thoughts during and after The Big O on peace and partnership, the combination of high orgasmic energy combined with mindful intention for peace could reduce global levels of violence, hatred and fear.

There are enought reasons to support the concept of a Global Orgasm without getting all "woo-woo" on everyone.
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Thothmes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 07:41 AM
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11. Sleeping
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 11:52 AM
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13. I'll bay at the moon.
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 11:53 AM
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14. I hope this:
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 12:02 PM
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19. HeHeHeHe
:toast:
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 12:03 PM
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20. Hey OMC!!
:hug:

It's great to see you!
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 11:57 AM
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16. I'll be
snuggling and watching TV with Haruka after some Friday Night Peviness.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 11:59 AM
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17. Countdown: 10 minutes to go. Guess I'll be DUing.
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spinbaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 12:01 PM
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18. What time zone are you in?
?

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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 12:05 PM
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22. I know there is a vortex down there, but think your timing may be off.
OK to practice though.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 12:04 PM
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21. shouting.
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Ignis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 12:18 PM
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23. "Celebrating" with my pagan lover.
:hi:
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 09:44 PM
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26. Est 10:43 Ireland 03:43 It will be a few hours before the event
Edited on Fri Dec-21-07 09:44 PM by alfredo
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-21-07 09:58 PM
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27. Is that the Orgasm event? Or do I have my events mixed up? Because it'd be
really embarassing if I did :think: :crazy: :think: :crazy:
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