Here comes winter!

Yesterday Fairbanks celebrated the summer Solstice. The highlight of this annual party is the annual Midnight Sun Game – a baseball game which starts with the first pitch being thrown at 10:30 p.m. The entire event is held under natural light. And the stands are packed. Crazy Alaskans!

Baseball isn’t the only Solstice event. There is a 10 km Midnight Sun Fun Run, a canoe race in which a dog in the boat is mandatory, dances and of course the 10 hour street festival this Sunday which caps the celebration of the longest day of the year.

Here’s why I like Solstice:

Astronomical Data for Fairbanks
Date Sun
06/22 3:00 0:48 21:48 -0:00:28 **.** **.**
06/23 3:01 0:48 21:48 -0:00:57 **.** **.**

In case you’re not sure what you are supposed to look at, let me help you. Look at the gain/loss table. Yup, that’s right. A loss of 28 seconds of daylight today. And tomorrow it’s almost a while minute. Woo hoo! That means winter is on the way! Snow! Cold! Heck I don’t even mind the darkness.

Yup you read that right. That’s 52 below! I am counting the days.

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