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Friday, June 20, 2008

 
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today is the summer solstice. solstice means "to stand still" and it marks the longest day of the year (or the shortest night, depending on whether your celestial sphere is half empty or half full).

the sky this week has some interesting info about today's solstice: "The solstice occurs during the last minute of the UT day of June 20th for the first time since the year 1896. Since that time the solstice has always occurred on the 21st or 22nd, but due to a variety of reasons involving the Gregorian Leap Year cycle and the gradual slowing of the Earth’s mean daily rotation, we will begin to experience these “early” solstices more frequently. The next one occurs in the year 2012, and we’ll have one every four years until 2044, when they will begin to occur in consecutive pairs of years. By the year 2096 they will occur for the next four consecutive years, then revert to the 21st from the years 2100 until 2132. A similar pattern will return and run through the end of the 22nd Century. "

ordinarily i would celebrate the solstice by taking a walk on powell butte to see how it's changed over the season, but I have come down with a terrible cold and i have cancelled everything due to phlegm. this means i don't get to do the pedalpalooza solstice ride, either, but i wasn't sure i'd make a whole night of bike riding, anyway. it's a little depressing to think that just as the weather is beginning to get better, our days will begin to get shorter.

Comments:
Hope you are feeling better soon. Phlegm is not phun :-(


tjehe

hmm, the word verification seems to have a somewhat Danish/Spanish flair today. And two vowels (or one vowel twice) -- I'm feeling rich today!
 
thanks, susan. that's almost as bad as the signs that say "staph only."
 
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