July 20: Happy Solstice!
(click on the manuscript for a performance of "Sumer is icumin in"
Welcome in the (northern) summer! (though this year it felt summery along about March) The sun (sol) is coming to a standstill (stitium = stop) in its annual travels at 7:08 p.m. this evening. It gets darker from here on in, folks. Earliest sunset won't be for another week or two, though, largely due to the tilt of the Earth's axis (the explanation is pretty involved).
Happy solstice to all, and to all a good (if short) night!