Here Comes the Summer Solstice
The summer solstice, also known as midsummer, is today. What will you do with the extra daylight?
Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, when the sun arrives at the northern most point in the sky.
The Sunshine State seems the appropriate place to revel in a day filled with sunlight.
Although this year the summer solstice falls on June 20, the date varies depending on when the sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator.
The word solstice comes from the Latin words for sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), because the sun appears to stop at this time of year, according the Old Farmer's Almanac.
Just how many hours of sunlight will we enjoy today on the beaches? According to Time and Date, there will be about 13 hours, 54 minutes and 1 second of daylight between sunrise (6:35 a.m.) and sunset (8:29 p.m.)
From Stonehenge, England, to Alaska, folks have midsummer celebrations to recognize the solstice, a tradition since ancient times. Here in the Sunshine State, we indulge in days and days of sunshine. But some may still plan a special day or night.
What is your midsummer day or night's dream? Share your photos of the summer solstice!