Summer Solstice – the start of summer!

There’s no excuse for not having “time” to celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday. It just so happens that Sunday is also the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere – also known as the summer solstice.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary (which is available to our patrons online!), a solstice is “when the sun, having reached the tropical points, is farthest from the equator and appears to stand still.” This happens twice each year, one being the summer solstice around June 21st and the other being the winter solstice around December 22nd.

There is a nice explanation of the solstice, with graphic, available at:
http://solar.physics.montana.edu/ypop/Classroom/Lessons/Sundials/summer.html

In England, many people will be flocking again this year to Stonehenge to celebrate the solstice. Celebrations of the summer solstice go back many centuries to pagan times in Europe. For more information about the Stonehenge celebration, you can see:
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.20654

Happy Summer and Happy Father’s Day!

Note: The library will be open from 8-5 from June 22-26th (between summer sessions) and will resume summer session hours on June 30th. For more information on our summer hours, please go to: http://www.kutztown.edu/library/about/hours.asp

1 Response to “Summer Solstice – the start of summer!”


  1. 1 Meg Massey July 1, 2009 at 9:07 am

    The blog is looking really good!


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