Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits - Happy Summer Solstice!

Today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, which means it's the longest day of the year for us.  The summer solstice occurs when the sun is the farthest north in the sky, directly above the Tropic of Cancer and will occur at 1:16 p.m. ET.

It’s the winter solstice today in the Southern hemisphere.  

There are 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle (66.5° north of the equator) and 24 hours of darkness south of the Antarctic Circle (66.5° south of the equator). The sun's rays are directly overhead along the Tropic of Cancer (the latitude line at 23.5° north, passing through Mexico, Saharan Africa, and India) on June 21.

Many different people around the world celebrate the solstices, including a large gathering that happens every year at Stonehenge. This year, around 18,000 people were present at Stonehenge to witness the sunrise on the summer solstice, AP reports.

Even Google is celebrating the solstices with today’s Google doodle. According to Mashable.com, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami created the colorful logo, likewise making a winter version for those south of the equator.

(Facts taken from Wikipedia.com, Huffingtonpost.com, About.com)

How will you celebrate 
the longest day of the year?


  1. I think I'll take the family out for a walk or bike ride after dinner!

  2. Love the summer solstice, although with my kids just finishing up school tomorrow, it seems like it's happening too early!

  3. HA! It means the start of the depressing slide into winter...sigh...

  4. How to celebrate it... that is the question...

    maybe I'll polish off my cheesecake :P


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