The longest day

Sunrise over Stonehenge on the summer solstice...

Sunrise over Stonehenge on the summer solstice, 21 June 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…. and shortest night of the year occur tomorrow, Friday 21st June.

It’s the summer solstice!   Also known as midsummer (for example, ‘midsummer night’ in Shakespeare’s plays), it is in fact (astronomically) the beginning of  summer as a season.

The term summer solstice is actually the moment when the earth is most inclined towards the sun – and will happen at 5.04a.m. GMT tomorrow morning, . It’s really a Northern Hemisphere event; the Southern Hemisphere will be having its winter solstice today – which we have around the 21st December. It’s most commonly thought of as happening on the 21st June, but there’s often a day in it – as you can see from the US Navy data below.

Summer 2013 June 21 .05:04
Summer 2014 June 21 .10:51
Summer 2015 June 21 .16:38
Summer 2016 June 20 .22:34
Summer 2017 June 21 .04:24
Summer 2018 June 21 .10:07
Summer 2019 June 21 .15:54
Summer 2020 June 20 .21:44

You can read more here (Spanish)

Summer solstice, Stonehenge

Finally, for those of you who are interested in the dates and times of the winter solstice:

Winter 2013 Dec 21 .17:11
Winter 2014 Dec 21 .23:03
Winter 2015 Dec 22 .04:48
Winter 2016 Dec 21 .10:44
Winter 2017 Dec 21 .16:28
Winter 2018 Dec 21 .22:23
Winter 2019 Dec 22 .04:19
Winter 2020 Dec 21 .10:02

Enjoy the San Juan fiestas!

Worthing shoreline and pier Worthing shoreline and pier at sunset

 

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Summer solstice at Stonehenge

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