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Friday Round-Up: Happy Solstice!

June 24th, 2011

Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. We couldn’t be happier that it’s finally June — which means we get to celebrate summer solstice — so this month we’re devoting it to all things summer related! Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

Well it’s official: summer is upon us. Tuesday marked the summer solstice, which meant the longest day of the year and the official start to one of our favorite seasons. But we’re not the only ones to get excited about summer; there were solstice celebrations around the world.

A man celebrates summer solstice at the marker for the summer solstice at the Kokino megalithic observatory June 21, 2011. The 3,800-year-old observatory was discovered in 2001 in the northwestern town of Kumanovo, 70 km (43 miles) north from Skopje, and is ranked as the fourth oldest observatory in the world, according to NASA.

So what exactly makes it solstice?

From National Geographic:

The summer solstice is a result of the Earth‘s north-south axis being tilted 23.4 degrees relative to the sun. The tilt causes different amounts of sunlight to reach different regions of the planet.

Today the North Pole is tipped more toward the sun than on any other day of 2011. The opposite holds true for the Southern Hemisphere, where today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

As a result, at high noon on the first day of summer, the sun appears at its highest point in the sky—its most directly overhead position—in the Northern Hemisphere.

Macedonians greet the dawn on summer solstice 2011 at the ancient observatory of Kokino. Via National Geographic.

Here’s what it looked like in Anchorage:

Happy summer!

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  1. July 28th, 2011 at 11:40 | #1

    Great Pictures! I would love to see and photograph Kokino myself some day.. :)

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