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John Glenn Astronomy Park, located within Southeast Ohio’s Hocking Hills State Park, will open on June 21, the summer solstice, with activities before and after dark.
The days will grow progressively longer until the summer solstice, which in 2018 falls on June 21.
The ceremony is the first in a series of four that culminates with the Sun Dance on the summer solstice.
Saturday marked 30 days since the winter solstice, the often-dispiriting day when the sun reaches its lowest point in our sky.
Looks like the only things that will be ending tonight are the work week and the winter solstice (at least for now).
A few years ago, a local skier named Chris Farias was at a high camp with some of her friends above Mount Rainier’s Flett Glacier, toasting the summer solstice with a round of drinks.
But there are many people who live even farther north who, after the winter solstice, do not see the sun for weeks.
Each year, on the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, members of the clergy would bless and distribute candles needed to get people through the remaining winter days.
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Did You Know?
In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs on June 21 or 22 and the winter solstice on December 21 or 22. In the Southern Hemisphere, where the seasons are reversed, the solstices are exactly the opposite. For several days around the time of the solstices, the sun's appearance on the horizon at sunrise and sunset seems to occur at the same spot, before it starts drifting to the north or south again. Solstice gets its shine from sol, the Latin word for "sun." The ancients added sol to -stit- ("standing") and came up with solstitium. Middle English speakers shortened solstitium to solstice in the 13th century.
SOLSTICE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solstice for English Language Learners
: one of the two times during the year when the sun is farthest north or south of the equator
SOLSTICE Defined for Kids
Definition of solstice for Students
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