Welcome to June! Are you gearing up for the last day of school, summer camp adventures, vacations and plenty more time to blog? We sure are. We’d love to read about your summer adventures and learn what you’ve got going on this month.
We’d love to have you join our community this month. We’ve got some great surprises planned!
Did you know?
June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the second month to have the length of 30 days. It contains the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours, and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the day with the fewest daylight hours (excluding polar regions in both cases). In the Northern Hemisphere it’s the seasonal equivalent to December in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. In the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the traditional astronomical summer is on the 21st whereas the meteorological summer begins on the 1st. In the Southern Hemisphere, meteorological winter begins on 1 June.
The Latin name for June is Junius. Ovid offers multiple etymologies for the name in the Fasti, a poem about the Roman calendar. The first is that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, the goddess of marriage and the wife of the supreme deity Jupiter; the second is that the name comes from the Latin word iuniores, meaning “younger ones”, as opposed to maiores (“elders”) for which the preceding month May (Maius) may be named.
Certain meteor showers take place in June. The Arietids takes place May 22 to July 2 each year, and peaks on June 7. The Beta Taurids June 5 to July 18. The June Bootids take place roughly between 26 June and 2 July each year.
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