Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by strollingbones, Jun 21, 2009.
happy solstice, the longest day of the summer.....and now shorter days are ahead....
Which SUCKS if you like long days like myself
you are in texas you have no seasons....
we do have day and night however.
Here goes my list:
The Summer Solstice occurred at 1:46 AM/EDT on this date
The term Solstice appears to be from Latin words: The first part, Sol means the sun, the second part -stice from the Latin verb stistō (stitēre) means to cause to stand (still)
At the equator the Solstice is when the sun is at its lowest occurring twice a year.
On the summer solstice the sun rises furthest to the left on the horizon and sets furthest to the right
The June solstice hovers directly over the Tropic of Cancer, just about 1° South of Key West, Florida.
North of the Tropic of Cancer, between the equinoxes, daylight hours become longer up to the Arctic Circle where at latitude 66° 33′ 39″ the sun doesnt set at all from June 8 until July 4.
South of the Tropic of Cancer the opposite would be the case until the equator is reached where all days are exactly 12 hours in length..
Day length, or length of day, or length of daytime, refers to the time each day from the moment the upper limb of the sun's disk appears above the horizon during sunrise to the moment when the upper limb disappears below the horizon during sunset.
During a few days around the equinoxesabout March 19-22 and September 21-24both poles experience 24 hours of daytime, due mainly to atmospheric refraction.
At the poles there is only one sunrise and one sunset in the course of a year. This occurs around the time of the equinoxes.
Pagans called the Midsummer moon the "Honey Moon" for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice.
Perhaps the most enduring modern tradition with ties with earliest observed Summer Solstice were the Druids' celebration of the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth", resulting in the present day belief of a "lucky" wedding in June.
In Ancient Rome the festival of Vestalia lasted from JUN-7 to JUN-15. It was held in honor of the Roman Goddess of the hearth, Vesta. Married women were able to enter the shrine of Vesta during the festival. At other times of the year, only the vestal virgins were permitted inside.
ok ok ok ...so what does this all mean if you live in Maine mustang?
Are my days really gonna get shorter from here on out or do I experience some longer days cuz of being so far north?
Please say it is the latter....cuz the thought of the days beginning to get shorter is a real bummer! Summer has just gotten here on the calendar and Spring is still here in person...67 right now and in the 50's at night....
by December 21 the sun sets at 4pm, it's pretty dreary, EXCEPT from that point on the Days get longer!
Sunrise 4:50 am
Sunset 8:24 pm
I'll look tomorrow to see if the day is longer or shorter here!
Sorry Care, I'm sure you already know that from here on out during this year up until the Winter Solstice days will be getting shorter. But take heart, your days will still be longer than places farther South...up until the Autumn equinox, when all days and nights will be equal throughout the Northern hemisphere.
Sadly for you, after then your days will become shorter more quickly than places farther South, but less quickly than places farther North. The differences accelerate as we get closer to the Winter Solstice, when the angle of the sun is most oblique and changes are happening much more quickly at the Arctic Circle for instance than at the average middle lattitudes which Portland, Me. is a little below.
On Dec. 21 in your Portland the daylight hours will be 8-hrs, 40-mins in length, and at my Indianapolis (3.9 degrees lattitude farther south) my daylight will be 9-hrs, 10-mins long; your day only having 30 minutes less daylight.
But surely you have grown to love it where you are.
Here's a neat WEBSITE with sun/moon-rise calculated for anyplace on the planet to play with.
But wait a minute - you should be experiencing abnormally long and hot summers due to all of the global warming going on, right?
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