Fast facts to drop to your coworker today when they inevitably say, “Did you know today is the Summer Solstice?”
- Summer & Winter SolsticeIn the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the longest day of the year in terms of daylight, the June Solstice is also called the Summer Solstice. In the Southern Hemisphere, on the other hand, it is the shortest day of the year and is known as the Winter Solstice.
First Solstice of the Year
Solstices happen twice a year – in June andDecember. The June Solstice happens around June 21, when the Sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer. The December Solstice takes place around December 21. On this day, the Sun is precisely over the Tropic of Capricorn.
When the Sun Seems to Stand Still
Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning Sunand sistere, meaning to come to a stop or stand still. On the day of the June Solstice, the Sun reaches its northernmost position, as seen from the Earth. At that moment, its zenith does not move north or south as during most other days of the year, but it stands still at the Tropic of Cancer. It then reverses its direction and starts moving south again.
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