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summer solsticeBecause the Earth is tilted 23.4 degrees the noon sun appears to rise and fall in the sky over the course of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, the sun will reach its northernmost point in the sky – known as the summer solstice – on Saturday June 21st, marking the official first day of summer.  It is also the longest day of the year.

QUESTION:

In hours, minutes and seconds, how long is the longest day of the year?   In other words, how much time is there between sunrise and sunset here in Los Angeles on the longest day of the year?

(Remember, don’t cheat by looking up the answer. Just give us your best guess.  Also, Price is Right rules are in effect, so the person who is closest to the correct answer without going over will be the winner).

ANSWER:

14 hours, 25 minutes, 34 seconds

EXPLANATION:

On Saturday June 21st, the sun will rise at 5:42 AM and set at 8:08 PM.  Officially the length of the day is 14 hours, 25 minutes, 34 seconds.

The sun will be at its highest point at 12:55 PM.  However, the actual summer solstice officially occurs on Saturday morning at 3:51 AM local time.

NET CHECK-INS:

For tonight’s Net we had a total of 30 people check in and, of those, the person who came closest to the correct answer to the Trivia Question without going over was:

  • Steve – K6CRW who said 14 hours, 23 minutes, 23 seconds

Congratulations!  And, as always, a big thank you to everyone who took time out of their evening to join us for the Weekly Net.

 

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