summer begins June 21, 8:26 A.M. EDT
The summer Solstice always makes me think of Stonehenge. I thought i would share a few interesting facts about that far off place of mystery and ancient precicion.
June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining.This day usually marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, and thus is the day of the year with the longest hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern hemisphere.At the time of the summer solstice, Earth is at a point in its orbit where one hemisphere is most tilted towards the sun, causing the sun to appear at 23.45 degrees above the celestial equator, thus making its highest path across the sky. The summer solstice is the day of the year with the longest daylight period and hence the shortest night
Solstice comes from the Latin (sol, sun; sistit, stands). For several days before and after each solstice, the sun appears to stand still in the sky—that is, its noontime elevation does not seem to change. This info borrowed from http://en.wikipedia.org/
http://www.solsticesunrise.co.uk/ This is an excellent site on Stonehenge solstice sunrise, Click on the photo of 2003 in that site to see some stunning shots.
Some day I hope to be there for this wonderous event.