The Longest Day

On June 21, those of us in the Northern hemisphere will experience the summer solstice and the longest period of daylight in 2014. The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky as the earth rotates on its axis. In antonym-like manner, the opposite occurs in June for the Southern Hemisphere bringing winter and the shortest day of the year. In December, each Hemisphere reverses the longest and shortest days. The English word “solstice” comes from Latin origins: “sol” meaning sun and “sistere” meaning to stand still. Here is a fun experiment for the day if it is sunny. Stand outside in the mid day sun, and you will have the shortest possible shadow. And if you can remember, try this at the winter solstice to see your longest shadow. One more idea while you are standing in the sun checking your shadow, pull up the Rhymes & ‘Nyms app on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad and challenge a friend to a game. Enjoy.

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