SUN SUP AND SUMMER SOLSTICE
"Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Summer Solstice falls on June 21 and is widely known as "the first day of summer". It's the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and marks the day when the sun is at its highest point in the sky for the year.
In Latin solstice means "sun standing still," which references the sun's place in the galaxy. Celebrated since ancient times and one of the earliest astronomical observations in human history it's an important day to acknowledge, especially if you love nature and spending time on the water. It has great spiritual meanings and is the reason why so many ancient civilisations dedicate festivals and rituals to this day.
The Wild Side has seen some wonderful sunrises and sunsets from the "boards eye perspective" and today we share some of our favourites as well as looking at some interesting “Solstice” facts and why today ..... of all days, you should grab your paddle board, face the sun and bathe in the positive energy that summer brings!
THE HOT WEATHER FOLLOWS THE SUN BY A FEW WEEKS
You may wonder why, if the solstice is the longest day of the year, the temperature doesn't match? This is because water, which makes up most of the Earth's surface, has a high specific heat, meaning it takes a while to both heat up and cool down. The Earth's temperature takes about six weeks to catch up to the Sun. If that's not a reason to be happy and celebrate - I don't know what is!
THE EARTH IS ACTUALLY AT ITS FARTHEST FROM THE SUN DURING THE SOLSTICE
You might think that because the solstice occurs in summer that it means the Earth is closest to the Sun. In fact the Earth is actually closest to the Sun when the Northern Hemisphere experiences winter and is farthest away during the summer solstice. The warmth of summer comes exclusively from the tilt of the Earth's axis, and not from how close it is to the sun at any given time.
SUMMER SOLSTICE ISN’T EXCLUSIVE TO THE EARTH
All the planets in our solar system have summer solstices. Mars’s solstice occurs a few days after Earth’s in June. On Uranus, the Summer Solstice happens once every 84 years. The next one will occur on October 9th 2069. Each season lasts for 21 years.
STONEHENGE MAY HAVE BEEN BUILT IN CELEBRATION OF THE SOLSTICE
Stonehenge is thought to have been constructed to celebrate the summer solstice. Thousands of people flock to the ancient site every year to witness the sunrise through the centre stone.
IT HAS MANY DIFFERENT NAMES
In Northern Europe, the summer solstice is often referred to as Midsummer; Wiccans and other Neopagan groups call it Litha and some Christian churches recognise the summer solstice as St. John’s Day to commemorate the birth of John the Baptist.
The summer solstice is about nature, is a natural way to feel a deep connection to all of life and the natural world. It's also about your relationship with yourself, change and new beginnings. So where ever you are and what ever you are doing, we wish you SUP, love and happiness on Mother Natures New Year!
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