June 23 2013 Astronomy Newsletter
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Summer Solstice - St John's Day
Each day for six months after the winter solstice, the Sun rises a bit higher in the sky. It reaches the maximum height at the summer solstice, the longest day. Evidence of rituals and festivals at the times of the solstices goes back thousands of years.
The astronomical solstice occurred at 05.04 UTC (01.04 EDT) on Friday June 21 when the Sun was at its northernmost point from the celestial equator. Today June 23 is St. John's Eve. Many people around the world will be celebrating today and tomorrow.
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