20 Jun

Summer Solstice

Things are heating up as we prepare to celebrate the 2015 Summer Solstice!


This year, the summer solstice falls on June 21st. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice begins at 6:51 a.m. EDT, officially ringing in summer. The date brings the year’s longest stretch of daylight. Though the hours of sunlight depend on location, many areas will see 16 hours’ worth of light!


For science aficionados, the summer solstice occurs precisely when the Earth's axial tilt is most inclined toward the sun, at the degree of 23° 26', it’s most extreme. In June, the tilt is toward the sun in the Northern Hemisphere, while the second yearly solstice, the winter solstice, in December, the tilt is away from the sun in the Southern Hemisphere.


The solstice marks the first day of summer, and that means flip-flops, beach trips and barbecues. In southern England, thousands flock to Stonehenge to see the sun rise from the vantage point of the 4,000-year-old solar monument.


The summer solstice is also a time of celebration for Christians and Pagans. In Christianity, the first day of summer marks the festival of St. John the Baptist, and in Paganism followers celebrate what they call "midsummer" with bonfires and feasts.


Happy Solstice to all, and to all a good day!

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  • why people dnt undstand summer

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