(Written as part of The Daily Post: Daily Prompt – Set for Solstice: Today’s Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). How are you taking advantage of the extra hours of light this time of year? Do you like it, or do you already miss earlier sunsets?)
The Summer Solstice – The day on which we get the longest exposure of sunlight throughout the year.
Scotland is famous for its magnificent mountain scenery and breathtaking natural wonders, however, we’re probably better known for our grey skies and continuous rainfall!
This year has actually been a bit of a surprise, because for the past few weeks we’ve been blessed with pretty good weather (touch wood!).
A few weeks ago, there was a day in which a strange glow came beaming through our curtained windows and we, the Scottish folk, side-stepped out of our doors, eyes shielded with our raised hands and confused expressions, as we investigated the strange phenomena taking place in our skies – the large yellow glowing orb.
‘What be that, Scotty? Who switched on the light?’
Needless to say, everyone took full advantage of the miracle and shed themselves of their year-round winter attire!
As with every longest day of the year, I haven’t got anything too special planned; work on some reports, get the chores done, try to squeeze in some sword work, play with the neighbourhood kids, save the world, chase a dream etc…
However, in the run up to this celestial event, I have been improving on my astrophysical port folio!
A few days ago, I met my 3rd and 4th astronauts: Doug Wheelock (NASA) and Mike Baker (NASA). George Abbey (former director of Johnson Space Center, NASA) was also present, with a few other scientists.
Having worked on European missions before, I’m still an ESA girl through and through (European Space Agency)! I’m glad I was at least wearing the ESA colours to balance out the photo that was taken of me with Doug Wheelock (although, typically, I had my eyes closed… well done, Naz!)
Astronauts from Europe, US and Canada: check.
Now just to add in the other major agencies! Japan, Russia, China: here I come!
But first… Ice cream and cake time!!