The June Solstice marks a moment in time when the Earth's axis tilts either toward or away from the Sun, resulting in the longest or shortest day of the year. Slooh will be celebrating that moment on June 21 at 10 AM EDT with a live Star Party featuring live views of the Sun narrated by Slooh’s expert astronomers and educators.
If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, you will experience the shortest day, and in the Northern Hemisphere the longest. This magical astronomical event holds cultural and spiritual significance for people across the globe and has captivated humanity for centuries.
On the day of the Solstice, the tilt of the Earth's axis is most inclined towards or away from the Sun, resulting in the maximum tilt and the highest or lowest position of the Sun in the sky. This results in determining either the longest or shortest day, and marks the changing of the seasons.
Throughout time, the June Solstice has held cultural and spiritual importance for many
civilizations. This day is seen as a time for celebration and reflection, and a
time for renewal , balance and reconnection with nature. Ancient cultures built monuments and structures that aligned with the solstice, such as Stonehenge in England and Chichen Itza in Mexico, signifying the importance of this astronomical event to them and their
deep connection to the natural world. Modern day festivals and celebrations continue at these historical sites, as many gather to celebrate the solstice and changing season.
The June Solstice invites us to celebrate the Earth's cyclical nature and our connection to it. When we learn the science, the cultural significance, and spiritual aspects of this time, we can deepen our appreciation for our world, and our relationship with nature and its rhythms.
Join us LIVE on Slooh on Wednesday, June 21, starting at 10 AM EDT (14:00UTC | 7 AM PDT) as we celebrate the June Solstice with a Star Party!
Slooh’s experts and members will gather together at the precise moment of the June Solstice as we watch a live stream of the Sun using Slooh’s special solar telescope located at its flagship observatory at the Institute of astrophysics of the Canary Islands.