Sunday, June 14, 2009

The last Sunday of Spring 2009

The following information was found while surfing the internet early yesterday morning:

The astronomical beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere is the June solstice. Depending on the year, the day that marks the official start of summer can be June 20th or June 21st. For 2009, the exact date and time is June 21st at 1:45 EDT.

For the years 2009 and 2013, people in the Mountain and Pacific time zones and farther west (like me), get summer one day earlier this year on June 20th. So when people ask what the first day of summer is, it not only depends on the year but where you live.

The moment of the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is determined by when the Earth’s North Pole axis is titled most directly toward the sun. When this is occurring in the Northern Hemisphere, the Earth’s South Pole axis is titled most directly away from the sun, which marks the first day of winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

So regardless of where you live and regardless of when summer 2009 begins for you, I hope you have a great day today on the last Sunday of Spring 2009.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

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