Skip to comments.Griffith Observatory To Mark Summer Solstice
Posted on 06/20/2013 11:40:15 AM PDT by BenLurkin
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) Spring is ending, summertime is here and the Griffith Observatory is ready to celebrate.
While many calendars identify the summer solstice as occurring on Friday, June 21, it actually occurs in Los Angeles at 10:04 p.m. on Thursday.
In most of the world, summer begins June 21, while the western U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, and selected Pacific Islands start their summer on June 20.
The summer solstice is the moment when the Earths orbital motion points the Earths North Pole most closely in the direction of the Sun. Earths axis of rotation is tilted 23.5 degrees from perpendicular to the plane of Earths orbit, and the tilt is the cause of the seasons.
Griffith Observatory will mark the occasion with experts Dr. Laura Danly and Dr. David Reitzel offering lectures at 12:55 this afternoon and 8:05 tonight as the Suns daily path follows its longest and highest arc across the sky for the year.
If they don’t mark it like the Lithuanians mark it, everyone will be ok (no unwanted pregnancies, wildfires, or alcoholic debauchery).
Cute little dragon, what’s she doing there?
It’ L.A. man!
Always ahead of the rest of the country.