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Summer solstice event June 21

Maturango Museum–

Summer Solstice event on June 21, 2023, from 10 am – 12 pm

The Maturango Museum is holding a “Summer Solstice Event” on Wednesday, June 21, from 10 am to noon. The museum will have multiple activities and an educational model of the sun and Earth on display. As an additional bonus, the China Lake Astronomical Society may bring their solar scopes for people to view the sun.  When not participating in the museum activities, you can cool off with nice shaved ice from the Shaved Ice Shack!

In the northern hemisphere, the length of daylight hours has been increasing since December 21, 2022.  The longest day of the year for Ridgecrest is 15.6 hours and will occur on June 21st, 2023. This is the turning point from which the days slowly get shorter until December 21, 2023. Solstice days happen twice a year (around June 21 and December 22) when the sun reaches its maximum or minimum declination marking the longest and shortest days of the year. Ancient astronomers came to know the days as the day when the Sun appeared to stand still. Solstice is a combination of two Latin words: sol for “Sun” and sister “to stand still”.