Our journey around the sun continues, and the June solstice is almost here.
For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, this means astronomical summer begins. This year summer solstice falls on June 21 at 5:07 a.m. CDT. The sun appears at its northernmost point in our sky, along the Tropic of Cancer. This is the longest day of the year.
For thousands of years, humans have marveled at the sky–the sun, the moon, the stars. Many cultures have a god or goddess of the sun. The Aztecs built temples to the sun. Babylonians studied solar eclipses.
The pyramids in Egypt are built to align with the sun at the winter and summer solstices. Crowds still gather at Stonehenge for the summer solstice to see the sun rise between the stones.
If you can’t be in Egypt or Stonehenge, there are celebrations closer to home. Adler Planetarium will have free admission and special programs. You can read more here. The Chicago Botanic Garden has festivities planned all day. You can read more here.
Want to know more about the summer solstice? Read more from EarthSky here.
May you celebrate this ancient connection. May the light of the sun be with you, on this Earth we all share.