Jun. 20th, 2018

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We're getting close to the 2018 Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice: 3:07 am California time on Thursday, June 21. That'll be 6:07 am in the eastern portions of the US, then later in the day Thursday in Europe and Asia. It'll be just barely Thursday morning in Alaska and Hawaii.

This year's Solstice is a little unusual in happening on Thursday for almost the whole planet, with a few people on some Pacific islands seeing it come on Wednesday.

While the Northern Hemisphere gets Summer, the Southern gets Winter,

Whether Summer or Winter, at that time the Sun will be rounding the turn on the Analemma.

You can see it at


which is updated hourly year-round.

At the Solstice the Sun will transition from Gemini to Cancer (Tropical Zodiac) and the Sun's longitude will pass 90 degrees.

At this time (give or take an hour or so to give the program time to update the image) you can see the dot in the center of the Sun image change from yellow to gray as it passes from one sign to the other. You will need to reload the image periodically to see any changes.

In the coming months the Northern Hemisphere days will start getting shorter. You may want to check this site now and then during the course of the year.

The page also has links to more detailed explanations of what an analemma is.

Please feel free to pass the URL on to others.

Happy Solstice!
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