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People Around the World Celebrate Summer Solstice

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The Charlottesville Astronomical Society is hosting the public night at the McCormick Observatory The Charlottesville Astronomical Society is hosting the public night at the McCormick Observatory

Friday is the summer solstice, the longest day of sunlight during the year, and even though it's just by one second, many people are excited about it.

Astronomers, who are actual scientists who study the earth's atmosphere, say the summer solstice is not that noteworthy. But for astrologers and other people who like to find meaning in the sky, it's a day of celebration.

"Astronomically it's merely a curiosity, culturally it might be a lot of fun," said Richard Drumm, vice president of the Charlottesville Astronomical Society.

The summer solstice is the time of year when the Earth's axis is tilted toward the sun, meaning there's more light in the day. There are about 14 hours and 45 minutes of daylight during the summer solstice, merely a second longer than the next longest day.

Still, many cultures celebrate with holidays, festivals and rituals. In Charlottesville, people will have the opportunity to take part in a public observatory session. It's one of several sessions that happens every first and third Friday of the month.

"We generally have one or 200 people come up and be able to look through the giant telescope," said Drumm.

During Friday evening's public session people will have a good view of Saturn. The Charlottesville Astronomical Society is hosting the public night at the McCormick Observatory from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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