Today is the Longest Day of the Year also known as the Summer Solstice! Thought I would share some info with you on what this really means and why it is called this…
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of a planet’s semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the star (sun) that it orbits. Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the sun is 23° 26′. This happens twice each year, at which times the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or the south pole.
The summer solstice occurs during a hemisphere’s summer. This is northern solstice in the northern hemisphere and the southern solstice in the southern hemisphere. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs some time between December 20 and December 23 each year in the southern hemisphere and between June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere in reference to UTC.
Though the summer solstice is an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used like midsummer to refer to the day on which it occurs. The summer solstice occurs on the day that has the longest period of daylight – except in the polar regions, where daylight is continuous, from a few days to six months around the summer solstice.
How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice: http://www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-the-Summer-Solstice
Click on the following links for a detailed explanation: http://geography.about.com/od/physicalgeography/a/summersolstice.htm
There are lots of links in this blog post that could help you explain this to your kids of even deepen your understanding of this time of the year!
Get out and enjoy that sunshine this summer, Joe