The Longest Day of the Year June 21st!

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…

Post-Flare Loops Erupt From Suns Surface

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[2] and between June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere[3] in reference to UTC.[4]

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.

Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied among cultures, but most recognize the event in some way with holidays, festivals, and rituals around that time with themes of religion or fertility.

Stonehenge

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

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About Jconowitch

I have spent 35 + years in Stevens County enjoying the many surrounding recreational areas while camping, canoeing, hiking and backpacking. I am married to my highschool sweetheart with 2 children, 5 awesome grandkids. I have been actively involved working with many organizations to help children and adults throughout the area, as well as starting the Stevens County Scale Model club with a good friend for all ages to enjoy. If you want to live and raise your family in a fantastic area, this is among the best, and I am here to help you make your dreams a reality!
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