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Posted: 20-Jun-2004, 10:05 PM
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Howdy Folks,

Three things of value on a mid-summer's day: laughing
friends, loving family and a cooler full of ice cold beer.

During the many months since mid-Winter the days have
been lengthening in the mornings, gaining some minutes
every evening, too. Tomorrow the Earth begins to tilt her
poles back and we will loose those minutes in the evenings.
The Sun will set ever earlier each day.

I became hyper sensitive to the Earth's shift and tilt while
my family was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. For teen-
agers living on remote Strategic Air Command bases in
the late 1960?s, our lives were contained within high security,
Cold War perimeters. It was hard to sleep in those weeks
of long days and no dark. Other Air Force brats and I would
sneak out of our quarters late at night but in the bright of day.
A giant cherry sun hung low in the sky, as we stayed out all
night playing softball on the base diamonds. The sun would
set and rise again, merely dipping down below the horizon,
while we retired a few more innings..

In Alaska the days lengthen dramatically as the Solstice
approaches by gaining up to twenty minutes every day.
By June the sun dips below the horizon at about 11:30 PM
and pops back up by 1:00 AM. A few hundred miles north
and it does not set at all. The world is twilight for just an
hour, then light again. Polaris remains directly over head
at all times and is clearly visible in the twilight. Ursa
Major swings in a tight circle around Polaris, the Great
Northern Bear ever stalks the polar skies.

Happy Solstice to all, (which will occur at approximately
1:00 AM Greenwich Meantime).

...fighte fuaighte...
"woven into and through each other"
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Posted: 23-Jun-2004, 08:59 AM
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THANKS FOR SHARING!!!! I have always wondered what it would be like to live where the never set. Thanks for a wee bit of insight!



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Posted: 23-Jun-2004, 09:54 AM
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I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for 3 years while serving in the Army. At the summer soltice, the sun comes up about 5 degrees east of due north, goes up about 35 degrees, goes all the way around the horizon and sets about 10 degrees west of where it came up. It doesn't get completely dark, just kind of dusky. The first summer it was hard to get used to, but we eventually did.



Normal is a relative term. For some reason it is not a term my relatives use to describe me.

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