Thursday, June 20, 2024

The summer solstice is here!

It's time to celebrate the earliest June solstice since 1796.  That's 228 years.  I set this information to post at exactly 3:50 p.m. my time, so I've gotta hurry and finish typing this information.  The summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is when we have the longest day of the year and the shortest night.

The summer solstice occurs when one of earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the sun.  It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern).  For that hemisphere, the summer solstice is the day with the longest period of daylight and shortest night of the year, when the sun is at its highest position in the sky.  At either pole there is continuous daylight at the time of its summer solstice.  The opposite event is the winter solstice.  The summer solstice occurs during the hemisphere's summer.  In the Northern Hemisphere, this means the solstice is in June.  Specifically that means it happens on June 20, 21, or 22.  To learn more, look at Wikipedia, HERE.

By the way, this is the second post on this blog today showing Stonehenge.  Look at my previous post by clicking HERE.

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