Today is the Summer Solstice, or the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.
As the earth revolves around the sun, the north pole is tilted toward the sun half the year and the south pole is tilted toward the sun the other half. Today is the day with the longest period of daylight because the sun takes its longest path through the sky. In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice always falls on June 20th, 21st or 22nd.
The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, takes place between December 21st and December 23rd. This occurs when the north pole is at maximum tilt away from the sun.
Stags and sea? In Denver? Not so much, but wind and cold are certainly ...usually ...typical of winter on the Front Range. And darkness? Oh yes. Daylight has been in steady decline since the autumnal equinox on September 22, and will not increase until after the winter solstice on December 21. Whether you are a modern commuter coping with
Tonight starting around 11:00 p.m. marks the start of a full lunar eclipse. Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, celebrated by many earth-centered religions. Want to learn more about these phenomena and how people celebrate the Solstice?