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"Out There...Somewhere": Solstice And Super Moon Will It Create Craziness?

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In Aiken, life's a beach. Why? Think first day of summer.

"You think of the beach, fun in the sand and in the sun," said Maggie Sacks, a volunteer at Aiken's sixth annual Beach Blast street party this weekend.

But, the first day of summer is also the Summer Solstice. What's that all about?

"I don't actually, don't scientifically know what that means. Do you?" asked Calyan Cook.

They know at the USC-Aiken planetarium...it's about how the earth is angled toward the sun.

"The top part of earth, the northern hemisphere, is pointed towards the sun, giving us the most sunlight, the longest day, and the first day of summer," said Doctor Gary Senn, the director.

But, the sun moves over at night, and the moon is on stage. When it does this weekend, we'll see what's called a "super moon". They got that one down at the planetarium, as well.

"On the 23rd, the moon will be the closest to the earth in its normal annual orbit around the earth," said Dr. Senn.

Going back to ancient times, the Summer Solstice was greeted with ceremonies and rituals. Think of the mystical Stonehenge in England. Now, we've got this super moon coming at the same time. These two huge celestial events...it's got to create some general weirdness and craziness.

"Weirdness. A lot of it goes on in the world, anyway, it's pretty strange," said Cook, not too concerned about the two events.

"Never in Aiken, the weirdest thing is seeing you here," said Carolyn Huey. 

"I haven't heard of anything crazy happening," said Cook. "You're not worried then?" we asked. "No, I'm not worried, I didn't know people were worried," said Cook.

At the planetarium, they know all about the mystical pull of the sun and moon.

"I hope it won't cause weirdness but interest in astronomy an interest in our earth universe around us," said Dr. Senn.

So, let the cosmic forces be with you and have a blast.

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