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Jun. 21st, 2011 | 02:20 pm
mood: awakeawake

Blessed solstice to all those who celebrate it — according to Wikipedia, it'll take place at 17:16 UTC exactly today.

(Hard to believe it's already been half a year again already, isn't it? And it's also hard to believe that the days will start getting shorter again now, too — although truth to be told, they're very long here now, lasting well beyond 22:00.)

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Moth

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from: moth_wingthane
date: Jun. 21st, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
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*hugs*

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 21st, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
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MMMMmm. *snuggles*

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moonhare

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from: bunny_plush
date: Jun. 22nd, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
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It gets dark here around 20:30.

Happy Summer! Young fawn next door yesterday evening, and a rabbit by the car this morning: what could be nicer harbingers?

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 22nd, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
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*nodnods* The sunset took place at 21:58 here yesterday, according to this site — civil twilight ended at 22:53, nautical twilight ended at 0:53 and then started again today at 1:49. Civil twilight started again at 3:49, and the sun rose at 4:45. Interestingly, the sun never went quite low enough below the horizon for astronomical twilight to end.

Conversely, when the winter solstice rolls around again, the sun will rise at 8:38 and set at 15:56. A rather short day!

Mmm, and that's a nice sign indeed. The only nicer thing I could think of would be a wolf. ^_~ (But there's none in these parts, naturally... and none in yours, either, right?)

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moonhare

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from: bunny_plush
date: Jun. 22nd, 2011 10:06 am (UTC)
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No, no wolves *sigh*

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 22nd, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
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Ah, that's a pity.

BTW, the site also has a version of the tool where you can enter your own target coordinates; it appears your day yesterday lasted from 6:05 to 20:24. The difference in latitude sure has an effect, doesn't it?

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moonhare

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from: bunny_plush
date: Jun. 22nd, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
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We watch the sun travel in the southern sky year round due to placement of the living room. As Summer approaches the sun climbs high and the beam is nearer to the front of the room. As the year gets old, the beam extends to the back of the room and up onto the wall just a bit.

You also tend to notice where the sun rises and sets. Suddenly I'm seeing leaf shadows dancing in the computer area because the sunset has moved that far North.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 22nd, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
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That sounds nice. *smiles* I wish I had some south-facing windows (well, technically I do, in the bedroom, but the multi-story apartment buildings across the road make sure I don't get a lot of sun there).

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 24th, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh, BTW, I still see bunnies every time I pass the area where I know they live, too; just a few days ago, perhaps on the day of solstice or a day before, there were at least 20 out there, perhaps even more. They always make me think of you. :)

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Sandwalker

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from: greytail
date: Jun. 23rd, 2011 09:55 am (UTC)
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Whereas for us the days start getting longer. This morning, sunrise was at 7:35 AM, and sunset was at 5:07 PM.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 23rd, 2011 10:01 am (UTC)
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Yeah, true. Blessed (belated) winter solstice to you folks on the southern hemisphere. :)

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