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Solstice

Tuesday 06/21/2011 5:16 PM

With day the fattest and night the thinnest today, the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer. In ancient times, this was called The First Point of Cancer because back then, the sun was just entering the constellation of the crab as spring ended. Times change and stars drift (see precession), so today we would probably name it The Second (or Third) Point of Taurus.

Round these parts, though, we just call it summer.

File Under: Holiday, Of Sorts; Solstice, Summer
Music: Tori Amos "The Original Bootlegs"

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