Yeah, it’s the first day of SUMMER – how will you celebrate this day?
Even though the June Solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, most places do not see the earliest sunrise of the year on this day. The earliest sunrise happens a few days before, and the latest sunset takes place a few days after, the June Solstice.
Summer 2016 — also known as the “summer solstice” — officially begins on June 20 at 6:34 p.m. (EASTERN) According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the date and timing of the solstice depends on when the sun reaches its northernmost point of the equator.
This summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. For June 20, and again June 21, which is actually the first full day of summer.
The word solstice comes from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop). The sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the warmth we associate with summer.
This year the full moon also falls on June 20, coinciding with the solstice. A full moon hasn’t occurred on the same day as the solstice since 1948.