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Celebrating the official start of summer

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There is no place like the Last Frontier to celebrate the summer solstice. In some Far North communities, the sun doesn’t set at all. Even south-central will see 22 hours of daylight. While you are celebrating, bust out these fun facts to impress your friends under the midnight sun:

• In Latin, solstice means “sun-stopping.”

• From the Vikings to Native American tribes to the Chinese, summer solstice has been a culturally significant time for more than 5,000 years.

• The heat of summer and increased hours of daylight come from the earth’s tilt not its distance from the sun.

Kelsey Fiedler, The Alaska 100

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