SUMMERTIME AND THE TILTIN’ IS EASY...May 31, 2018
WE MADE IT! Yes, it's that time of year again SUMMERTIME! This also means the summer solstice is right around the corner. In North America, the first day of summer arrives on Thursday, June 21, 2018. What a perfect time to shed some light on this breathtaking phenomenon. What is so interesting about the summer solstice, the first day of summer, you ask? Keep reading to find out!
What does “Solstice” mean anyway?
Solstice means “sun-stopping” or “to stand still” in Latin, describing the way the sun often looks on this day. Historically, the summer solstice was an important date that helped farmers know when to plant, grow and harvest crops.
What happens during a Solstice?
The summer solstice results in the longest day, and the shortest night, of the year and occurs when the Northern Hemisphere is tilted more toward the sun. Summers are hot, not because Earth is closer to the sun, but because the tilt of the Earth’s axis lets the sun's rays hit one hemisphere more directly.
Looking for a fun fact?
Throughout history, many people have gathered to celebrate the summer solstice. This day has long been recognized by ancient cultures. In fact, the Great Pyramids of Egypt were built in keeping with the summer solstice; as the sun stays directly between the two pyramids when looking from the Sphinx.
What a great excuse for a summer gathering of family and friends!
A picnic, party or BBQ are fun ways to start off this summer season. Here’s one of my favorite refreshing recipes; perfect for a sweet side dish:
Still not done?
- Take a look at these incredible pictures of the summer solstice! 'Strawberry Moon': Amazing Photos of the Rare Summer Solstice Full Moon
- Check out the site archaeoastronomy.com, which maintains a second-by-second countdown to each solstice.