The Summer Solstice is here!

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The last full day of spring is upon us and summer starts tomorrow, June 21st, in the afternoon. This is a moment in time when the earth reaches a location in its orbit around the sun called the Summer Solstice. At this moment the earth is its farthest  distance from the sun. These upcoming days are the longest days of the year with the most day light, but before you know it the days will start to get shorter. We now have more information about the shape of our galaxy. Since it is a Spiral galaxy, we think about these full spiral arms, but in fact that has never been confirmed until now. Also, are we the only intelligent life out there? Considering where we are in the celestial boonies,  if intelligent life does exist they don’t know where we are and maybe that’s a good thing. And don’t miss what’s in the night sky this week, along with signature summer constellations to watch. All this and more on this week’s Sky Talk.[audio: st20110620revise.mp3]

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