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2014 06 June 21 Summer Solstice Sunset 01a 5s hh z nn1

Summer Solstice Solar Pillar - Wider Angle

 

As the longest day of 2014 came to a gentle close a fantastic solar pillar illuminated the sky over English Bay Vancouver. On the day of the summer solstice the light pillar marked the northern most setting point for the sun as seen from downtown Vancouver. Sunset was at 9:21 PM with twilight lasting nearly to sunrise the next day at 5:07 AM.

 

This image was taken from downtown Vancouver facing north west. Most distant is Tetrahedron Peak to the left of center and, conveniently pointed to by the solar pillar, Polytope Peak. The two major peaks in Tetrahedron Provincial Park with Tetrahedron Peak rising 1,729m and Polytope Peak at 1,587m. Two peaks named by obvious fans of geometry. :)

 

NASA Earth Science Picture of the Day - July 21 2014

 

More info on polytopes and Polytope Peak at these links:

 

Polytope at Wikipedia

 

Hiking to Polytope Peak

 

More Info on Light Pillars

 

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Taken on June 21, 2014