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Other workshops will be: Making solstice tarot cards, Dec. 20 Designing collages, Jan. 17 Creating valentines, Feb. 7.
Observant Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, which this year coincided with the summer solstice.
Photographer Mikael Jansson, a native Swede, staged the shoot mere days after the traditional Midsummer’s Eve celebration of the summer solstice, when the sun seemingly never sets.
A few years later, John Bagoy began giving tours on summer solstice.
From the equinox until the winter solstice on Dec. 21, most of us lose about another three hours of sunlight.
This seven-year extension of science operations would go on to study the Saturn system until shortly after its summer solstice, the longest day in Saturn's northern hemisphere and the shortest in the south.
Read on for some more intriguing facts about the summer solstice.
That's right: In honor of the solstice, June 21 is World Giraffe Day. Because of their unique appearance, giraffes were once called long-necked camel leopards.
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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.
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