The Summer Solstice 2024 | In the Dark

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The Summer Solstice 2024 | In the Dark


With all the excitement I almost forgot that Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere takes place later today, Thursday 20th June 2024, at 21.51 Irish Time (20.51 UTC) or 22.51 local time here in Barcelona.

Among other things, this means that today is the longest day of the year around these parts. Sunrise in Barcelona this morning was 06:17 and sunset at 21:28.  The length of the day – the interval between sunrise and sunset – today is 15:10:13. Compare this with Dublin (sunrise 04:56, sunset 21:56, and day length 17:00:12).

This Sunday (23rd June)  sees the Feast Day of St John (Sant Joan),  which is celebrated in Barcelona with fireworks and bonfires, and people partying all night long on the beach. Monday is a holiday, presumably to allow people to recover. I am, of course, far too old, for that sort of thing.

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