Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Solstice

Photo looking up at the Dome rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulture in Jerusalem.

"This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made." D&C 88:7

Today is the beginning of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. As a result, at high noon on the first day of summer, the sun appears at its highest point in the sky, its most directly overhead position in the Northern Hemisphere. Some important facts about the summer solstice: The ancient Eygptians, built the Great Pyramids so that the solstice sunset, when viewed from the Sphinx, sets precisely between two of the Pyramids. Associated with agriculture, the summer solstice was a reminder that a turning point in the growing season had been reached. Starting today, marks the beginning of losing less light each day until the Winter Solstice where we then begin to receive more light each day.

Important Dates in LDS history around the Summer Solstice:
In June: Translation of the Book of Mormon completed.
In June: Joseph and Hyrum Smith were martyred.

Observations in the photo: There are 12 large rays that come out from the center of the circle with 24 smaller rays.

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