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, this year the winter solstice occurs on Tuesday, December 21, at 6:38 p.m. EST. (This year is a rare celestial "Trifecta": the Winter Solstice, a full moon, and a total lunar eclipse.)
Already, wintry weather has made headlines around the world. Currently on exhibition at Monroe Gallery of Photography is "'Tis The Season", an imaginative survey of photographs with a winter theme or setting. Just in time for the holidays, the exhibition also includes several photographs depicting the celebrations of the season. As winter approaches in the northern hemisphere and the days grow short, this exhibition looks to the beauty of ice and snow.