Summer Solstice

by Dave on June 20, 2008

2008-photos-mb-sony-175.jpgThe Summer Solstice is almost upon us.

The official day is June 22, 2008. Solstices occur twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is most oriented toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun to reach its northernmost and southernmost extremes. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, its apparent movement north or south comes to a standstill.

The term solstice can also be used in a wider sense, as the date (day) that such a passage happens. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In some languages they are considered to start or separate the seasons; in others they are considered to be centre points (in English, in the Northern hemisphere, for example, the period around the June solstice is known as midsummer, and Midsummer’s Day is 24 June, about three days after the solstice itself). Similarly 25 December is the start of the Christmas celebration, which was a Paganfestival in pre-Christian times, and is the day the sun begins to return back to the northern hemisphere.

With all that said, get out of the house because time is now ticking until winter is here again. One of my favorite activities this time of year is to drive to the beach and watch the sun melt into the summer sky around 9 pm.  Nothing compres to watching a hot and humid sunset over the Delaware Bay!

The above info was copied from Wikipedia.

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