Summer Solstice is that point in time each year when the angle of the earth’s axis is at its maximum. This is referred to as the Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the sun 23 degrees, 26 minutes in the Northern Hemisphere. Occurring sometime between June 20th and 22nd – this year the Solstice will come at precisely 22:24 (10:24 PM) on the 20th of June. Additionally, we will enjoy a full moon on the eve of the solstice this year!
This is the day with the greatest number of daylight hours and as the earth begins its tilt in the opposite direction (the day after the maximum axial tilt) each day’s hours of daylight will get shorter until the Winter Solstice.
This is the official calendar beginning of summer. The hot weather has arrived, the soil has warmed and the garden is full and green. It is a time of blinking fireflies and chirping crickets in the night. For most kids in America the school year has ended and days of leisure have arrived. Time to play baseball, to swim in the lake or creek and to camp under the stars.
In the Southern Hemisphere the Summer Solstice occurs somewhere between December 20th and 23rd. Conversely, the Winter Solstice will come to the Southern Hemisphere as the Northern Hemisphere experiences their Summer Solstice.
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