Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Mid Summer Nights Eve

Summer Solstice In 2006

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 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.


Dick said...

There is a replica of Stonhenge in Washington State south of Yakima near the Columbia River & the Merryhill Art Museum. Do you know how accurate it is as a replica, or how complete? Some day I want to go check it out as I'll probably never get to England to see the original.

Bobbie said...

Indeed, it is the first day of summer and the forecast is for good weather for the rest of the week.
When you were in Vancouver did you see the painted bears? They are all around town and were like the whales that were painted last year. I love the architecture of the new Vancouver Library.
Take care and enjoy this great weather.

Monica said...

Aren't you in a medical-related career? I think you would make an awesome history teacher or historian. :)

Are you doing anything with your writing, Susan? You should seriously consider it. I think you have a LOT of talent.

deni said...

Quite interesting info to pass along. I am always excited to learn new things. :)

Kayla is still in my prayers, please keep us posted.

John said...

Summer is great! Too bad we're already past the solstice though... I believe my B'day is on the winter solstice, Dec 21'st, shortest day of the year...

chosha said...


Winter here and getting colder.