Group to observe the winter solstice at Pen Henge

Public invited to ‘Pen Henge’ on Munson Mountain in Penticton

The public is invited to echo the ancient custom of observing the annual winter solstice at the Okanagan’s own standing stone structure ‘Pen Henge’ on Munson Mountain in Penticton.

The event, which marks the Sun’s southernmost setting point, will take place on Dec. 21 with interested people gathering around 2:45 p.m. in anticipation of sunset at 3:27 p.m.

“For most of the year the structure simply illustrates the enormous range along the western horizon where the Sun sets. Most people subconsciously know of this, but they are quite fascinated to see the idea laid out so graphical,” said Purton.

Pen Henge designer Chris Purton, who is a retired scientist at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory at White Lake, noted that the gathering time of 2:45 p.m. will allow the group to prepare to mark the sunset phenomenon when the rays of the setting sun will extend from the winter solstice stone to the heel stone.

The actual time of the solstice will be at 8:28 a.m. on Dec. 21. The solstice gathering is being organized by the Penticton meeting group of the Okanagan Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (OCRASC) and members will be on hand to answer questions as well as describe the significance of what is taking place.

The Pen Henge standing stone array is located at the top of Munson Mountain above the Penticton sign on the east side of Okanagan Lake. The array consists of four stones that delineate the sunset points on the four cardinal dates of the year. Anchored by the Heel Stone, the Equinox Stone points to the Sun’s sunset point at both the Spring and Fall Equinoxes, while the other two stones mark the Winter and Summer Solstice setting points respectively.

A brass plaque with a brief explanation of the array is permanently attached to the top of the heel stone.

Just Posted

Penticton RCMP do not intend to review sexual assault stats

Eleven out of 29 sexual assault cases in Penticton were deemed unfounded in 2018

Make someone’s holiday a merry one with Penticton’s OneSky Community Resources

The centre has a special Christmas tree with gift requests from its clients

Penticton Fire Department urging caution with decorations

The Penticton Fire Department wants people to be careful with indoor and outdoor decorations

Penticton’s COBS Bread to host parking lot party with Penticton Vees Nov. 24

The event is to fundraise for the Nov. 30 Anti-Bullying Game Night

Start off your holiday season with Penticton’s DPA at the 2019 Tree Light Up Festival

The event takes place on the city’s Main Street from block 200 to 400 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

VIDEO: ‘Climate emergency’ is Oxford’s 2019 Word of the Year

Other words on the shortlist included ‘extinction,’ ‘climate denial’ and ‘eco-anxiety’

Wharton Street in Summerland open for traffic once again

Road closure had been in place for past five months for upgrade work

Algae bloom killing farmed fish on Vancouver Island’s West Coast

DFO says four Cermaq Canada salmon farms affected, fish not infectious

Three cops investigated in connection to ex-Vancouver detective’s sexual misconduct

Fisher was convicted in 2018 after pleading guilty to kissing two young women who were witnesses in a criminal case

Violence response procedures updated for B.C. schools, police

ERASE program expands to target gangs, bullying of students

A pawsitive ending: Missing puppy found after nine-day search in Chilliwack

Pit bull Frankie ran from dog sitter booked through app

Man gets 18 months jail for dealing heroin, fentanyl in Vernon

Sung Hwan Choi, 23, found guilty of trafficking drugs from Lower Mainland in May 2019

Letter: Spouse of Shuswap first responder shares challenges, gratitude

One in three first responders suffer in silence, resources available to help them and their families

Most Read