Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Today is the Summer Solstice!

In the Northern Hemisphere, it's the longest day of the year -- the length of time between sunrise and sunset on this day is a maximum for the year.

Today is as far north as the sun goes -- the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere (red line on map).

Unless you're a Druid, a Mason, or planting potatoes, you probably don't care.

The Winter Solstice used to be on December 25th, which is why Christmas is on that day.

This has exhausted by solstice knowledge.


Amy in StL said...

You meant the spring equinox, right?

:P fuzzbox said...

I guess that it is important to Wiccans as well. Especcially those that are planting taters.

sleepyrn said...

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year however, today is not that day. Today is the spring equinox. Except for figuring out when Easter will be I have no idea what the equinox means.

stan said...

The equinox is the day where the daytime is exactly as long as the night time. Which, for the less-than-second-grade-math-level types n the world, means 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night.

webpirate said...

I thought the summer solstice was around June 21st , at least thats when all the hippies visit Stonehenge..

The Phoenix said...

It's called the Equinox because the sun is right above the Earth's equator, and it will be "equal" day and night, as stan said.

I think the summer solstice is on June 20th or 21st.

David Amulet said...

Solstice sounds like "soul sister."

That's my contribution.

-- david