Solstice Notebook

In six minutes — no, five! four! — something will click into place somewhere out there in the big celestial machine and we in the Northern Hemisphere will be at summer solstice. Get out and enjoy that daylight, everyone. …

(Official solstice time: 11:06 a.m. PDT.)

And then later: The space station and space shuttle went overheard at quarter to 10 tonight, with the solstice twilight still bright. This (below) is the shuttle, which trailed the space station by about a minute (at least 300 miles, I figure). Both flew right through the Big Dipper. Great Bear Transit.


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3 Replies to “Solstice Notebook”

  1. The day of the summer solstice is “Hike Naked Day” on the Appalachian Trail. AT through-hikers usually hit Maryland right about the time of the solstice.

  2. So … do the shore and bay Marylanders all pack picnic lunches and repair to trailside to watch the show?
    I had never heard of Hike Naked Day. What an interesting recreational innovation. For some reason, it reminds of the copy editor who every May Day would intone, “Hooray, hooray, it’s the first of May; outdoor [screwing] starts today!”

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