2016 the summer solstice is celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere on Monday,
June 20. It is exact when
the Sun enters Cancer on
20, at 3:34pm
PDT (22:34 UT).
know it's summer because the Sun reaches its farthest point north
for the year. It is at its highest in the sky at local noon and the solstice
shadows are very short. Click Shadows
Vanish in India to see how latitude affects these shadows (scroll
half way down the link).
are there 5 longest days?!?!
higher the Sun rises in the heavens the more distance it has to travel
from one horizon to the other and hence, the longer daylight. This
is the longest day of the year, or so they say! Hmmm
in San Francisco there are 5 longest days each with 14 hours and 47 minutes.
How many are there in your
area? Check it out for yourself ... Sun
Data /One Year Table
are there 5 longest days?!?! This
occurs because the declination of
the Sun changes or varies only slightly during the solstices. The analemma,
an unsymmetrical figure-8 shape of the Suns daily position at
the same time, illustrates this concept with its flattening at both
of daylight (as measured in minutes) is pretty much the same for several
days or more, both at the summer and also the winter solstice. If you
were to do the calculations down to the exact second of time, then
the longest amount of daylight would coincide with the time of the
summer solstice. Thank-you James Davis and Joe
Rao / SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist for these valued insights.
curious about analemmas, click the following links!
Why Our Analemma Looks like a Figure 8
Analemmas on Other Planets
Scroll to bottom of the page.
Sun's Seasonal Path
Sun's path is shown after sunrise during the solstices and equinoxes.
When the solstice Sun appears farthest north, it marks the beginning
of summer. After the summer solstice the Sun begins its journey southward
and the days start getting shorter.
Sun ~ Low Moon
the solstice Sun swings high, the Moon around the solstice swings
low to the south. Compare the summer solstice paths
of the Sun and Moon.
2005 and 2006 we had two extreme low "solstice" Moons at declinations of –27º
to –28°+. These extreme southern positions were due to
the lunar standstill season that occurs every 18.6–19 years.
Swings ~ Highs and Lows to learn more.
Britain this is traditionally known as "midsummer." In
the Southern Hemisphere the Sun is at its lowest, casting long shadows
and it is the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice. This is
the darkest day of the year for the South
Pole, which has already had three months without the Sun and expects
three more! This is the brightest day at the North
Pole with the Sun at its highest all day long! This land of the "Midnight
Sun" is in full sunlight (except for clouds) during the entire summer
and this solstice marks high noon in its 6-month day! These different seasons are
the result of Earth's tilt, together with its orbit around the Sun.
are a few more solstice goodies from Bob Berman at Astronomy Magazine.
word solstice comes from the two Latin words "sun" and "stoppage." Makes
sense: The Sun stops moving north that day.
June solstice Sun hovers straight over the Tropic of Cancer, just
south of Key West, Florida.
summer solstice is when the Sun reaches its highest point of the
year, but it's getting less high over time. That's
because Earth's tilt
solstice is when the Sun is lowest in the sky for those at the equator.
India, the summer solstice marks the end of a 6-month period when
spiritual growth is supposedly easiest. Too bad,
you blew it.
the summer solstice, the Sun rises farthest left on the horizon and
sets at its rightmost possible spot. Sunlight
strikes places in rooms
that get illuminated at no other time.
ancient Greece, the solstitial Sun happened in Cancer [the constellation].
But it moved into Gemini around the time of Christ. In 1989, it shifted
where it will remain until the fifth millennium
Berman's Strange Universe / Astronmy Magazaine 6/09
Thanks Bob and Astronomy Magazine!
A Celebration of the Summer Solstice and the Star We Call Our Sun
Sky Astronomy Software
in This Unique Celebration!
year near the summer solstice, Jack Horkheimer, Star
Gazer, would ask everyone to celebrate the rising of our local
day star, the Sun. He did this because most people never truly experience
a sunrise. He would encourage us to get up before
twilight began, to observe the effects of sunrise on everything
all around us. In
died August 20, 2010 I continue to promote this
your own official Day Star Day. Celebrate the summer solstice and the
rising of the Sun!
15 minutes before sunrise,
while it's still dark outside.
not the Sun itself that you are going to observe but the effects
of sunrise on everything around you as night slowly turns into day.
It is better to be outside but if not just sit by an open window.
for the rules,
which are absolutely essential: no radio, no television, no doing
your normal wake up routine. All distractions must be eliminated.
Simply sit quietly inside or outside and when you see the skies slowly
start to brighten, look, listen and feel what happens all around
you. Watch the delicate interplay of light, color and shadow. Listen
to the different sounds of our world and its creatures waking up.
Feel the wind change, the temperature change, and much, much more
as night slowly slips into day.
track of all the subtle changes you notice and record your
observations on paper or into a tape recorder. And then read or
listen to your observations a few days later ... if you've never
done this before, you're in for a pleasant
surprise ... experiencing the effects of a sunrise using
all of your senses and your full attention is one of the most wonderful
experiences this planet has to offer ... you'll be amazed at what
a star rise over a small planet can do for you. Star
Jack's final 5-minute
here to learn more about Jack Horkheimer and the current status
of his weekly show.
significance of the Summer Solstice
are a variety of solstice global meditations occurring at various times
during the day. Participate in one or more of these meditations to
strengthen the Light Grid of planet Earth. Those living
in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are participating in June's
2016 many will also be participating in June 20th's Full
Moon meditations and in World
Exact: Monday, June 20, at 3:34pm PDT (22:34 UT)
This is also the day of the June Full Moon in 2016.
It is also World
Monday, June 20, 2016
3:09pm PDT (22:09 UT) Your
Communion of Souls: 3:34pm PDT (22:34 UT) Your
Or choose any other moment to participate.
30-min. audio meditation is provided.
The recording is designed to begin 25
minutes before the exact solstice time.
In addition 2 images are provided that
participants refer to during the audio meditation.
You may choose to not use the recording and
participate in the Communion of Souls
occurring at the exact solstice time.
If so, a 15 minute preparatory
meditation is recommended.
“We shall never underestimate the
power of our Union to bring about swift,
near miraculous changes around us.”
For the Oceans and the Cetaceans
Solstice Monday June 20
continue to include this archived online
meditation, because it is truly healing.
It includes stunning pictures,
inspirational words and
18 minutes of wonderful music.
Anyone who participates will be
sending as well as receiving a blessing!
Animal Meditation Music by Kauwila
Summer Solstice ~ Sunset Your Time
a worldwide link-up of people supporting
environmental and personal awareness.
It is held on the equinoxes and solstices.
Starting at sunset participants are asked to
play or listen to meditative music
(preferably didgeridoos) for 45 minutes
and then sit silently for 15 minutes.
This wave meditation starts in New Zealand,
is followed by Australia, Asia, Arab countries,
Israel, Africa, Europe, with America,
Canada, Middle and South America
completing the world wide circle.
/ Sunset Times
Peace and Prayer Day
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
is an annual solstice gathering of all nations and
all faiths joining hearts in prayer for world peace and
global healing. You are invited to gather at sacred
sites globally, and make a great circle of prayer
for world peace and the healing of Mother Earth.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the
Lakota people and the 19th generation keeper
of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, received
the vision for this day and performs ceremony each
year with the indigenous people of North Amercia.
People who practice non-traditional spirituality,
can use these suggestions during the ceremony.
June 21, 2016
Sunset Your Time
sunset in every region, millions of yoga
practitioners will gather to meditate and
do yoga together. And we’d love for
you to join us for the journey, in
a massive wave of yoga making
its way around the earth.
Additional Links of Interest
Yoga Day Summit
Free Online Event ~ June 21
Gross Interviews Michelle Goldberg
Author of The Goddess Pose: The Audacious
Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who
Helped Bring Yoga to the West.
and Ongoing Global Meditations
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