Today marks the Summer Solstice. Astronomically, it looks like this:
The Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. The seasonal significance of the Summer Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days. That will occur later today – June 20th at 21:44 UTC (4:44pm Central Daylight Time).
Today the sunrise (where I live) will be 5:18am and sunset will be 8:40pm – 15 hours and 22 minutes of sunlight. On Winter Solstice, six loooong months ago, sunrise was at 7:25am and sunset was at 4:25pm, 9 hours of sunlight. On Monday, we actually pick up one more minute of sunlight with a sunset of 8:41pm!
On Tuesday the 23rd, though, the sunrise will be one minute later, signalling the waning of the year. But that’s Tuesday and today we have 922 minutes of sunlight to enjoy!!
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