Stargazing Tips: Summer Solstice in Florida June 2012

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Super Moon 2012 (credit: Frank Gumpert Photography)

Super Moon 2012 (credit: Frank Gumpert Photography)

Florida Travel Guide to Summer Solstice 2012

Today is the longest day of the year – summer solstice – and the sun will reach its very northernmost position in the sky. We know what that means…it’s the beginning of summer. At noontime today the sun stands directly over the Tropic of Cancer and solstice will occur at 7:09pm local time.

If you’re in Orlando this evening and you like a good drum circle, head to the Florida School of Holistic Living.

New Moon Circle and Summer Solstice Celebration

From 7pm-11pm this evening at the Florida School of Holistic Living Community Herb Garden (622 N Thornton Ave, Orlando), next to the Dandelion Communitea Cafe, listen to gorgeous transcendent music, chanting, drumming and singing. Remain centered by the fire or dance! The circle will celebrate Summer Solstice at this family-friendly event. Enjoy an organic, vegetarian meal at the Dandelion Cafe.

June Stargazing Tips

Tomorrow evening, June 21, just as the sky starts to darken, the planet Mercury will come into view quite low in the west-northwest. Look to the upper right of the crescent moon where Mercury will look like a bright star.

On June 22, Venus will be seen low in the eastern sky with planet Jupiter to the upper right. Both of these planets are going to be easier to see over the coming weeks. Jupiter is slightly fainter than Venus.

If the sky is dark on June 23, look between Leo, the big lion, and the Big Dipper for the faint Leo Minor, the little lion. On the 24th, you’ll be able to see the constellation Delphinus, the dolphin. This little grouping of stars looks like a dolphin swimming through the Milky Way. To spot Delphinus, at nightfall, look for a small group of stars low in the east.

The planet Mars will be at the upper left of the Moon on June 25. It looks like a very bright orange star. To the upper left of Mars and the Moon you’ll see Saturn and the star Spica.

Tell us…

Do you celebrate summer solstice?