Weekend Plans: Your Longest Day + Shortest Shadow

We in the northern hemisphere are about to experience our longest day and shortest night of the year. Monday, June 20, 2016 is our summer solstice.

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Fig 50. Solstice. The heavens, an illustrated handbook of popular astronomy. 1867. From archive.org by way of nemfrog

The solstice, from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), is when the Earth’s axis is most tilted towards the sun. For the first time since 1948, we also have a full Moon on the summer solstice.

Here are a few ways to celebrate the summer solstice in NYC and beyond:

 

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Detail from Elijah Burritt’s “Burritt’s Atlas” 1856. (AMNH)

Do you celebrate the summer solstice? Feel free to leave a reply.

 

 

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