What Is The Summer Solstice?

Jun 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm |
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Happy Summer Solstice. Wait, what is that anyway?

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Yesterday at 12:38pm was the summer solstice for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Summer solstice marks the longest amount of light available in a day. The summer solstice happens when the tilt of a planet’s semi-axis is most inclined toward the sun. The sun is at its highest in the sky on this day. Most importantly, it also marks the start of summer!

summer solstice

(From scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/solstice/)

In New York City, many celebrated summer solstice along with International Yoga Day by doing their poses outside and under the sun.

Over in England, over 20,000 people gathered around Stonehenge to welcome in the longest day. Paying homage to druids, pagans or just celebrating the wonder that is our solar system, visitors danced, kissed the stones and beat on drums. Constructed between 3,000 B.C. and 1,600 B.C, we are still uncertain of its purpose.

Happy Summer everyone! How are you celebrating?

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