Summer Solstice

by Staff Reporter / Jun 21, 2017 / comments
The Summer Solstice captured on camera at about 5:55 a.m. today from the Anniversary Trail in Los Alamos. Photo by Don Siebe, courtesy of Los Alamos Daily Post

Summer Solstice

Today, Wednesday, June 21 is Summer Solstice, or the longest day of the year. It is also the official start of summer.

The Valley experienced sunrise at 5:48 A.M. and sunset at 8:42 P.M., giving the Espanola area a total of 14 hours and 52 minutes of daylight. Tonight will only last 8 hours and six minutes.

According to Wikipedia, the summer solstice occurs when a planet's rotational axis, or geographic pole on either its northern or its southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the star that it orbits. On the summer solstice, Earth's maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44°.

Every day for the rest of the summer and fall will be slightly shorter than the last, culminating with Winter Solstice on December 21.

Happy Summer!