Welcome Summer! June 21, 2018

Did you know…

Thursday, June 21 marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year.

On June 21, at the equator, there will be 12 hours of daylight. At the North Pole, there will be 24 hours of daylight, while at the South Pole, there will be 24 hours of darkness.

Aside from the sun, the brightest star in the sky is Sirius — also know as the Dog Star. It’s so bright that ancient Romans thought the star helped heat the earth when Sirius rose and set with the sun. They surmised that this accounted for the hottest days of summer in July and August. Hence, these days were the “dog days of summer.”

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