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The Summer Solstice

English: Illumination of Earth by Sun on the d...
English: Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of winter solstice on northern hemisphere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And a Happy Solstice to All!

Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20, 2013. The word Solstice is Latin in origin and translates as, Sol =the Sun, + stitere =standing still.

On that day, the North Pole tilts most directly Sunward. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience this as the longest day and shortest night of the year. Around December 21, the Winter Solstice, the North Pole points away from the Sun giving us in the Northern Hemisphere, our shortest day, and longest night. This tilting of the Earth’s rotational axis gives us our seasons. During each Solstice, the Sun appears to both rise and set at the exactly opposite spot on the horizon. The Solar Calendars like Stonehenge and the Sun Dagger in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico operate by indicating this point.

Symbols of Summer:

The rose, the rampant vine and the bright sun. Modern symbols include flip-flops, Outdoor weddings, icy pitchers of lemonade, beach umbrellas and baseball games!  Continue reading The Summer Solstice

Inspiration time!

Here is a round-up of some amazing websites I have stumbled onto recently…

Interested in art, architecture, Michelangelo or Italy?

Check out the Sistine Chapel in 360 degree graphical display

High resolution shots of the artwork in the Mediterranean collection at SAM

How about animals?

Some great wildlife pix from the NYTimes.com 

Baby animals  born this Spring at zoos around the world

The preciousest baby tapir

Maybe astronomy is more your thing?

NASA: ultra-high definition view of 2012 Venus transit.

Or History?

Researchers discover that Stonehenge was monument marking the unification of Britain