2020 Sunwheel Winter Solstice

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The UMass Amherst Sunwheel is located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium, just off Rocky Hill Road (Amity St.) about one-quarter mile the Sunwheel is about 1/4 mile west of University Drive. Visitors to the Sunwheel should be prepared for freezing temperatures and wet footing, and they should wear masks.


To mark the sun reaching its southerly extreme and the start of astronomical winter, astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will give live presentations via webinar from the campus’s unique Sunwheel at 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21. The online sessions are free and open to the public.

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Photo of snowy field surrounded by bare trees. A series of rock pillars about twice the size of a person are arranged in a circle . The sun is setting and casting shadows across the snow.