It’s a new week, which means an all new feature in the sky. This week, the spotlight is not so much anything in the night sky, but the night sky itself, more specifically, the lack of it. This week, starting today and continuing into the next week, the sun will be making its latest sets of the year in the Cleveland area.
On the 21st of this month, people living in the Northern Hemisphere were treated to the Summer Solstice (and those living South of the Equator, the Winter Solstice). On this day in the Cleveland, the Sun will rise at its most Northeast point of the year, reach a meridian transit height of 72 degrees, and spend about 15 hours of the day in the sky. However, while the Solstice falls of the 21st, the latest sunsets occur this week, a week after the longest night of the year.
Starting today, June 26, the Sun will set at 9:05pm in the Cleveland area, the earliest set of the year. This 9:05pm set will continue for the entire week and even into the next before sunset moves back to 9:04 and so on. So, even with the Solstice in the past, the Sun is still to reach its latest set.
Live somewhere else? Well, your sunrise times will undoubtedly be different, with more Northerly dwellers having even earlier sunrises.
So, with the nights so short and the sunrises so early, the night sky is at a premium, so, why not get out and enjoy them while they last? In the Cleveland area, there are only about 6 hours of true darkness during which to enjoy the night sky in its full splendor, so make them count!
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