jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 22nd June 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 97 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Saturday 20th June 2020
Today is the 20th June 2020 and a very special day. Do you know why it is so special? Yes, it is the Longest Day.
Tomorrow 21st June is the Summer Solstice.
I love this day and yet I loathe it and dread it coming. I love daylight and the height of summer and the middle of June.
What I do not like is that after today, the Longest Day the nights will start to draw in. Depressing isn’t it?
Summer is officially here. With today marking the longest day of the year, it’s a perfect day to… well, keep yourself socially distanced from other people.
Coronavirus might have changed how we enjoy a sunny day for now, but how is the solstice typically celebrated and how many hours of daylight will there be today? When is the longest day of the year? In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice, or longest day of the year, takes place between June 20 and 22 each year, and this year it takes place today, Saturday 20 June.
How many hours of daylight will there be today? The UK is expected to enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight on this year’s solstice. The sun will rise at 4.43am and set at 9.21pm, so SPF is a sensible suggestion today.
The summer solstice takes place Sunday 21st June 2020 when the tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the sun and is directly above the Tropic of Cancer. It officially marks the beginning of the astronomical summer, which ends with the autumn equinox in September.
How is the summer solstice celebrated and where does Stonehenge come into it?
There are two solstices each year – a summer and a winter solstice. Each year, many druids and other curious folk turn up at the mysterious stone circles and wait for the sun to appear. With coronavirus cancelling this celebration this year, the sunrise behind the Heel Stone -the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle – on Sunday June 21 will be livestreamed across the English Heritage social media channels.
English Heritage will also stream the sunset at Stonehenge on Saturday 20 June and is putting on a host of activities including interviews with experts and historians. Historically, the summer solstice period used to fall between the planting and harvesting of crops, leaving people who worked the land time to relax, which is why many people in the olden days would get married in June. In the southern hemisphere the dates of the two solstices are reversed, so their winter solstice will be celebrated 20 June.
- The summer solstice occurs when the Earth’s axis is tilted towards the Sun. This leads to long day time when compared to the nighttime.
- The word solstice has been derived from the Latin word ‘sol’ meaning Sun and ‘sistere’ meaning standstill. It also describes the occurrence of any even twice a year.
- The Northern hemisphere witnesses the longest day time whereas the Southern hemisphere witnesses the shortest day time. In countries like Australia and South Africa, it marks the onset of winters. People living in the Southern hemisphere of the Earth call it the winter solstice.
- Every year the summer solstice occurs from 20 June to 22 June depending on the shift in the calendar.
- It is said that the summer solstice occurs when the Sun reaches the highest position in the sky.
- Despite being the longest day of the year, the summer solstice is not the hottest day of the year.
- There are some special traditions associated with the summer solstice. In the United Kingdom, people belonging to a particular culture, gather around the Stonehenge to perform traditional dance and sing songs.
- Every year summer solstice coincides with International Yoga Day and World Music Day.
- Since this year the summer solstice is going to occur on the same day when the solar eclipse will take place, the solstice will be a historic event.
- On the summer solstice, the maximum tilt of the Earth towards the Sun is said to be 23.44°.
- In India, the summer solstice will begin at 3:14 am on 21 June 2020. The duration of the daytime will be 13 hours and 58 minutes.
I personally like to make full use of the daylight available on the longest day making sure I am up by 4.43am and stay awake all day and use it positively and productively.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”! — Audrey Hepburn
Happiness is…the longest day
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“Can February March? No, but April May!”
Love is…what you fill your home with
5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus
We are grateful Lockdown gives us a time…
- A time to enjoy the longest day…A time to enjoy the shortest day
- A time for June…A time for December
- A time for Summer…A time for Winter.
- A time to use 4.43am…A time to sleep at 9.21pm
- A time to enjoy the sun…A time to enjoy the frost.
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 77 17 Times – 153 Feet Cumulative Total 11,646 Feet
©2020 Phil M Robinson