Summer Solstice On Long Beach Island

Dated: 06/19/2020

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SUMMER IS HERE! 

With almost all our attention focused on the current worldwide situation, it’s a good time to get back-to-nature for a moment and appreciate that we are another quarter of the way along our 365-day trip around the sun! You may know that solstices and equinoxes indicate the changing of the seasons on Earth, but do you know the difference? Actually, a solstice is sort of the opposite of an equinox. 

The seasons on Earth change because the planet is slightly tilted on its axis as it orbits the Sun. As a result, different points on Earth receive more or less sunlight at different times of the year. If the Earth wasn’t tilted, the Sun would always seem to be directly above the Equator, the amount of light a given location receives would be fixed, and there would be no seasons. 

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The equinoxes happen in March (about March 21) and September (about September 23). These are the days when the Sun is exactly above the Equator, which makes day and night of equal length.

The two solstices happen in June (20 or 21) and December (21 or 22). These are the days when the Sun’s path in the sky is the farthest north or south from the Equator.

The official astronomical terms for these four points in our orbit around the sun are:

  • Vernal equinox (about March 21): day and night of equal length, marking the start of spring 

  • Summer solstice (June 20 or 21): longest day of the year, marking the start of summer 

  • Autumnal equinox (about September 23): day and night of equal length, marking the start of autumn 

  • Winter solstice (December 21 or 22): shortest day of the year, marking the start of winter  

Stay tuned for the next Solstice/Equinox post in September and in the meantime be safe and healthy and hope to see you in LBI!

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Art Rosenbaum

I grew up in New Rochelle, New York and have lived in Hartford, Connecticut and Clearwater, Florida and spent summers in the Hamptons and Montauk. In 1991, I met my wife, Robyn, and my step-son, Ge....

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