Summer Solstice At Stonehenge & Egypt

Go Back to Summer


Today, June 21st, is the first day of summer 2017. 

The summer solstice is generally understood to mark the first day of summer. The solstice is a time to recall the reverence and understanding early people had for the sky.
Some 5000 years ago, people placed huge stones in a circle on a broad plain in England and aligned them with the June solstice sunrise.

Around the same time Stonehenge was being constructed in England, two great pyramids and then the Sphinx were built on Egyptian sands.


In Egypt

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The Sun setting between two Pyramids on the first day of the Summer (Summer Solstice seen from the Sphinx)


At The Stonehenge

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Revelers watch as the sun rises over the standing stones at the prehistoric monument Stonehenge


Egyptian-Pyramids
Sphinx in the foreground with the pyramids in the background

The Summer Solstice of 2017

Go Back to Summer


Wednesday at 12:24 a.m. Eastern Time marks the summer solstice.  The Northern Hemisphere will dip toward the sun, basking in its warmth for longer than at any other time. The solstice occurs because the Earth spins on a tilted axis.

1) Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway?

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Summer Solstice is when the northern hemosphere of the Earth is most inclined towards the sun and that is why we get the most daylight of the year. Also shows the area around the North Pole that will see 24 houers of day on the first day of summer because of the Earth’s 23.5 degree tilt.

Okay, most people know this one. Earth orbits around the sun on a tilted axis (probably because our planet collided with some other massive object billions of years ago, back when it was still being formed).

So between March and September, Earth’s Northern Hemisphere gets more exposure to direct sunlight over the course of a day. The rest of the year, the Southern Hemisphere gets more. It’s the reason for the seasons:

2) How many hours of sunlight will I get on Tuesday?

That depends on where you live. The further north you are, the more sunlight you’ll see during the solstice. Alaska-based climatologist Brian Brettschneider created this terrific guide:


Sunrise at Stonehenge on the summer solstice, 21 June 2005

The solstice is a time to recall the reverence and understanding early people had for the sky.
Some 5000 years ago, people placed huge stones in a circle on a broad plain in England and aligned them with the June solstice sunrise.
Around the same time Stonehenge was being constructed in England, two great pyramids and then the Sphinx were built on Egyptian sands
If you stood at the Sphinx on the summer solstice and gazed towards the two pyramids, you’d see the sun set exaactly between them.

17th May, 2017

Go Back to Spring


  1. New Jersey: Green with fresh leaves and lush grass

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2. Luxuriant vegetation

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Note the contrasting image below at the onset of Spring, 2nd April. It is the same spot.

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3. A luxuriant tree

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4. Another luxuriant tree

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5. Growing vigorously during middle of Spring

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6. The lush growth of trees and shrubs.

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7. Tree with its fresh leaves against the blue backdrop in New Jersey

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The Dog Days Of 23rd July

Dog days of Summer are here in Jersey!

The red-hot sun unloading its summer fury now. It’s searing hot.

Open the door of the car and you feel you face being scalded by the hot air inside.

The steering wheel also scorched by the sun making it difficult to grip till the AC runs for a couple of minutes.

After a late night yesterday, staying indoors is probably the only option although had to go out once.

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2. 2PM

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4. Sunset at 8:13 PM

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5. Sunset at 8:13 PM

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Rain In Dog Days Of Summer – July 18th 2016

First: why are these called “the dog days” and not “the cat days” for example?
Answer.
It doesn’t have to do with dogs lying around in the heat—the phrase comes from ancient Greek beliefs about a star.
The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.” The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (LargeDog).


It was sweltering hot feeling like 100F on July the 18th.

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2. Then came the rain

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