Winter solstice crowds gather at Stonehenge in celebrationon December 22, 2023 at 8:43 am

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Marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year, the sun rose at 08:09 GMT at Stonehenge.

Woman celebrating the winter solstice at Stonehenge

Crowds have gathered at Stonehenge to welcome the sunrise for this year’s winter solstice.

Marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year, the sun rose at 08:09 GMT and will set at 16:02 GMT on Friday.

In the northern hemisphere, the Earth’s axis is tilted at its furthest point from the sun today.

The solstice is one of the key occasions where English Heritage allow people near to the stones.

Crowds gathering at Stonehenge for the winter solstice

Celebrated by cultures all over the world for thousands of year, the winter solstice is also known as Yule, a celebration of light and the symbolic rebirth of the sun.

People gathering at Stonehenge for the winter solstice
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