2018 the summer solstice is celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday,
June 21. It is exact when the Sun enters Cancer on
June 21, at 3:07am PDT (10:07 UT).
know it's summer because the Sun reaches its farthest point north for
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, hence, the longer daylight. This is
the longest day of the year, or so they say! Hmmm
2018, 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!
Our Analemma Looks like a Figure 8
Interesting and Complex
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
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
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 is decreasing.
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
into Taurus, where it will remain until the fifth millennium
Berman's Strange Universe / Astronmy Magazaine 6/09
Bob and Astronomy Magazine!
A Celebration of the Summer Solstice and the Star We Call Our Sun
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 honor
of Jack who died August 20, 2010 I continue to promote this unique
your own official Day Star Day. Celebrate the summer solstice and the
rising of the Sun!
15 minutes before sunrise,
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
All distractions must be eliminated. Simply sit quietly inside
or outside and when you see the skies slowly start to brighten, look,
feel what happens all around you. Watch the delicate interplay
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
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
video regarding this celebration.
here to learn more about Jack Horkheimer and the current status
of his weekly show. Also
Birthday Jack and Star
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 solstice
Exact: June 21, Thursday, at 3:07am PDT (10:07 UT)
Solstice Meditation ~ June 21, 2018
(2017 Winter Solstice Meditation is used as a guide.)
Begins 29 mins. before the exact solstice.
Choose a time that suits you.
30-min. recording includes a 10-min.
guided meditation and several inspiring
musical tracks. It is designed to be used
anytime during the 2018 spiritual cycle.
The cornerstone of our global spiritual
work in 2018, inaugurated at the 2017
winter solstice, is finding Balance, initiating
Resonance and shining Radiance. You may
want to note down any strong images or
feelings, or elements of new spiritual
understanding that you may have
experienced during the meditation,
so that you may refer to them later
to integrate them into your daily life.
A New Earth is slowly emerging from
the depths of our immortal Self as we
reconnect with the Source of All in us.
For the Oceans and the Cetaceans
Solstice June 21, Thursday, 2018
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
June 21 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
June 21, Thursday, 2018
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.
Yoga Day Summit
21, Thursday, 2018
Yoga Day is annually
commemorated June 21.
2018 offers us a free online event
for our own personal Mini-Retreat.
Participate in the summit and
journey to the birthplace of yoga;
experience the 12+ hours of video
broadcast with 50+ top luminaries;
practice yoga and meditation; view
“The Power of Mantra” and more.
Take this time to join others globally
in uniting with our spiritual nature.
Additional Links of Interest
Day of Yoga
this day on Dec. 12, 2014.
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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