Monday, June 15, 2015

Longest day of the year approaches

Photo by Barry Wallace
Summer sunset over King
The summer solstice and the longest day of the year are almost upon us, here in King.   They are one and the same and this year they fall on Sunday, June 21 at 12.39 p.m.   Who knows if the sunset on that day will resemble the one in the photograph above.   The sun will rise at 5.37 a.m. and set at at 9.03 p.m. and the direct sunlight will last 15 hours, 26 minutes and 32 seconds.   The light that reaches us on that day will have travelled just over 152 million kilometres.   Our summer solstice is also known as the June solstice and south of the equator it is the winter solstice, as well as the June solstice.   In December, the nomenclature is reversed and in King Township we have the winter (or December) Solstice.   The word solstice means 'sun-stopping'.   Here's hoping we have a long, lovely sunset on the longest day.
Please comment if you wish.    
Barry Wallace

2 comments:

  1. Thank you Barry. The same for you.

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  2. What an incredible Sunset neautiful

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