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The longest day of the year, the summer solstice, is honored annually in Yorkville with craft beer and independent music.
For more information, contact PET PALS at 860-317-1720. Summer Solstice Celebration DANIELSON — Logee's Greenhouses will host its fifth annual summer solstice celebration on Saturday, June 16, to benefit Access Community Action Agency.
San Francisco County Fair Building, Ninth Ave. and Lincoln Way, S.F. www.sfsucculent.org Summer Solstice with Reclaiming East Bay A summer solstice celebration ritual, picnic and BBQ.
The solstice of sorts offers two-day viewings: May 29 at 8:13 p.m., half of the sun will line up with the grid, and May 30 at 8:12 p.m., the full sun will line up with the grid.
June marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, with spring turning into summer officially at 6:07 a.m. EST on June 21.
From solstice date onward, northern days start getting shorter, while the opposite occurs in the Southern Hemisphere.
This year’s summer solstice will be marked by the largest yoga practice in town.
The name Manhattanhenge was dubbed by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who likened the positioning of the sun at Stonehenge during the summer solstice to the sun's alignment across the borough of Manhattan.
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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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