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Wednesday, June 21, 2006 

Summertime and the Livin' is Easy

Guess what happened at 12:23 am this morning. If you said the 2006 summer solstice, you must be a scientist. If you said the start of summer, you are just as correct as those scientists.

Here are some other facts about summer:

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year (the most daylight) with approximately 15:02 hours of daylight. The winter solstice, approximately December 21, is the shortest day of the year with about 9:20 hours of daylight.

You can, in fact, balance an egg upright both on the summer solstice and on the winter solstice. Before you get too excited, you can also balance an egg upright on any other day of the year. The only connection between the solstice and balancing the egg is that because of an urban legend or superstition, more people try this feat on one of the solstices.

The solstices are the days with the maximum tilt of the earth with respect to the sun. The days of the year with zero tilt to the sun are known as the equinoxes, vernal and autumnal. Those are also the days when daylight and nighttime are nearly equal.

Summer is my favorite season. In fact, I like summer so much it is also my second favorite season.

Well, there you have it. This is your astronomy lesson for the day in celebration of the arrival of my two most favorite seasons.

Why not come visit us in our favorite place to enjoy summer, Kennebunkport, Maine. Better still, join us at the Maine Stay Inn. While you are here, indulge in two of the best things about summer, the beautiful beaches and the lobster.


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