Ooh, my favorite!

Summer Solstice
June 21, 2010, 12:51 pm
Filed under: Nature, Photography, Simply Amazing

Live it up! Today is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. If only the weather knew this and was just a touch warmer.

I figured a good way to celebrate the sun setting at 8:34 PM here in SF was with some lovely images from National Geographic. (Seattle’s sunset time is 9:10 PM, you lucky dogs.)

See what time sunset will be in your city here.

Instabilities in the sun’s magnetic field led to an explosion visible as a loop in the lower left.

Plasma pushes and drags magnetic fields into lines that cause these loops that can reach as high as ten earths.

A quiet day on the surface of the sun, no storms, just these lovely loops.

4 Comments so far
Leave a comment

These photos are awesome.

Comment by Des

I love them too, but they’re a bit eerie at the same time aren’t they?

Comment by Natira

yesterday was the longest day of the year, here in norway. the sunset at 22:37 on our most southern tip of the country. most norwegians go out to sea on this day, land their boats on small islands and celebrate with large bonfires. the sun comes up again at 4:15. the birds start singing at 3. i’ve had to find many ways to trick myself into sleeping in brightness of the night and early morning.

Comment by heidi

Oh gosh, Heidi! I was thinking about that the other day but forgot to ask you about it. Sounds like a great way to celebrate the solstice though!

How do the winters work for you? We had the dreary Seattle winters growing up though, didn’t we. :) Although, definitely not as extreme as Norway’s.

Comment by Natira

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: