Will you have a #SummerSolstice Swagbucks search win success?
It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we were telling you Christmas cracker jokes, but we’re already halfway through 2019, and today is the Summer Solstice, otherwise known as the longest day of the year!
If you’re anything like the GPT Genies admin, you’re already gearing up to earn cash and vouchers ready for Christmas 2019, so hopefully we can help you on your way with a search win or two from our Summer Solstice facts – find out more about how our search links work here, or read on and hopefully get a Swagbucks search win along the way! Don’t forget to come and let us know in the GPT Genies Facebook group if you manage to get a win!
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June 21st – Summer Solstice 2019
- So what is the Summer Solstice? According to Calendarpedia, a summer solstice is the moment in time when the Earth’s tilt towards the Sun is at its maximum and the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky. So it could be raining all day but it’s still Summer Solstice!
- The word “solstice” comes from Latin solstitium—from sol (Sun) and stitium (still or stopped), reflecting the fact that on the solstice, the Sun appears to stop “moving” in the sky as it reaches its northern or southernmost point (declination) for the year, as seen from 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 9, 2069.
- Celebrations have been held in conjunction with the solstice in cultures around the world for hundreds of years. Among these is Sankthans, or “Midsummer,” which is celebrated on June 24 in Scandinavian countries. In 2016, the people of Ålesund, Norway, set a world record for the tallest bonfire with their 155.5-foot celebratory bonfire.
- People have long believed that Stonehenge was the site of ancient druid solstice celebrations because of the way the Sun lines up with the stones on the winter and summer solstices.
- In northern Europe, the summer solstice is often referred to as Midsummer; Wiccans and other Neopagan groups call it Litha; and some Christian churches recognize the summer solstice as St. John’s Day to commemorate the birth of John the Baptist.
- Many ancient cultures worshipped the sun and/or had deities or rulers called Sun Kings and practiced ritual human sacrifice, especially at the solstice. The Vikings were said to have hung dead human and animal bodies from trees as an offering to the gods.
- Legend has it that it was on the summer solstice in 1633 that Galileo was forced to recant his declaration that the Earth revolves around the Sun
While I’m guessing that not many of us are sacrificing friends and relatives or travelling to Stonehenge, we can all join in celebrating the longest day of the year and trying to pretend that it’s not now the countdown to Christmas 2019!
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