Monday, June 21, 2004

Happy Summer / Summer Solstice Fun Facts

Well today is the summer solstice here in the northern hemisphere, which means that it is the longest day of the year, and officially the first day of summer. So be sure to find a way to get out and enjoy the day. Life's way too short to spend all your time working, and if you try hard enough you can always find a reason to skip out for an hour to unwind, feel the sun shine down and just forget about all the bad stuff. Check this page out for some background on the summer solstice.

"Solstice" is derived from two Latin words: "sol" meaning sun, and "sistere," to cause to stand still. This is because, as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day. On the day of the solstice, it rises an imperceptible amount, compared to the day before. In this sense, it "stands still."

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