Posted by: 2in10 | 06/21/2010

summer solstice

In the Boston area, sunrise is at 5:08 AM and sunset at 8:26 PM today, June 21. The “longest” day of the year has more than 15 hours of daylight, and nine hours of darkness. More or less. There are two twilights to factor in, and the amount of tree cover, for those of us who live in a mature oak and hemlock forest.

Six months ago at the winter solstice, we celebrated the turning of the year, from growing darkness and slumber to awakening light and rebirth. Then we had approximately nine hours of daylight and 15 hours of dark.

The six hour difference gets split around March 21 and September 21 for the vernal and autumnal equinoxes when nominally the seasons change.

The weather here is cooperating with the astronomical calendar. A bright, sunny sky highlights the astilbe, roses, hydrangea and delphinium in the garden.

Let’s celebrate!



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