Summer Solstice 2007

I've been a bit busy over the past few days at an interesting meeting in France. I managed to totally miss the occultation of Venus by the Moon the other day due to being in a meeting (it was cloudy so I wouldn't have seen it anyway). However, Will Gater caught it and Ian has photos of Venus near to the Moon in the daytime sky.

In other news, today at 18:06 UT sees the summer solstice. Solstice comes from the Latin words sol (Sun) and sistere (to stand still) and is the time when the Sun reaches its furthest north (northern hemisphere summer) or south (northern hemisphere winter). This is all down to the tilt of the Earth's axis and its orbit around the Sun.

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Thursday 21st Jun 2007 (08:22 BST) | Permalink
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