Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Solstice

Yesterday June 21st was the Summer Solstice of 2009...

Sol + stice derives from the Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still". As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky. This days marks the beginning of Summer.

As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year (good thing 'cause I didn't get much sleep last night!). For the Norther Hemisphere this is celebrated in June and for the Southern half their longest summer day is in December (usually around 21-22).

This event is still celebrated around the world, specially in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.

If you'll like to read more information and facts about the Summer Solstice check out this link.


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Jim Styro said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank God summer is finally here. Warmer weather should help me to forget that, for the rest of the year, the days will be getting shorter. Maybe I just need to live in the Tropics...

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