Summer Solstice

This evening will be the solstice, when the sun appears at its farthest north in the sky. For the northern hemisphere, it’s the longest day of the year. (And for the southern hemisphere, it’s the longest night of the year.)

Cielos La Palma will be holding an activity on Wednesday 20th in El Paso, at the archeological site “El Verde”, which many believe was created to enable Awara observers to mark the solstice. Certainly the shadow of a cleft in the rocks falls on rock carvings. (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_2emQJIpPA&list=HL1339768534&feature=mh_lolz Meet between 7 pm and 7:30 pm in El Paso at Plaza Pedro Capote (also known as Plaza Vieja). El Verde is a short walk away.

A second activity will take place on Friday 22nd in Fuencaliente, at the astronomical mirador by San Antonio’s volcano, starting at 7 pm
Details in the leaflet (in Spanish only) at http://issuu.com/cielos-lapalma/docs/solsticio_verano_awara12

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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