Hello, summer!

“In summer, the song sings itself.” ~ William Carlos Williams.

Last year's summer solstice sunset

Solstice sunset via Andres de la Vega

The 2013 summer solstice comes this evening for western North America – during the night tonight for eastern or central North America – and tomorrow (June 21) for Europe, the Middle East, India, Asia …

The exact time of this solstice is Friday, June 21, at 5:04 UTC, or 12:04 a.m. Central Daylight Time in the U.S. Here’s how to translate to your time zone.

It’s the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and, in this hemisphere, it’s considered the beginning of summer.

Everything you need to know about the 2013 June Solstice

What to look for in the sky or on Earth at this solstice

Happy summer to all!

Eleanor Imster