This year’s solstice can truly be described as unusual. Deviating from its typical day of occurrence, June 21, the sun reached its peak in the sky a day early. On Wednesday, some states experienced more than 15 hours of daylight from sunrise to sunset.
The word “solstice” is derived from the Latin words “sol” (sun) and “sistere” (to stand still), implying that the sun appears to come to a complete halt before changing direction.
Enjoy the extended days while you can, as Thursday was exactly one second shorter than Wednesday, and the amount of daylight will continue to dwindle for the next six months.
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Summer Solstice 2012 arrives much smoother than the longest day of the year last year