The countries which are in the Northern Hemisphere will have experienced the longest day of the year this 21st June, which is the day which was marked as the summer solstice. The summer solstice according to some, is the beginning of the summer season in the northern hemisphere while some experts claim that it marks the half-way point of summer. Today we discuss what the Summer Solstice is. On the day of the summer solstice, the daylight in your area can stretch up to a maximum of 16 hours, even more in the northernmost locations of the northern hemisphere, due to a phenomenon in which the axis of the earth is tilted towards the sun.
This subsequently results in the rising of the sun in the northeast instead of the east and the setting of the sun in the North West, rather than the west, hence it takes a longer route in the sky. During this day, the sun stays on top for a longer period than it usually does on other days, which in turn means more hours of daylight. The term or word Solstice has been derived from the old Latin word Solstitium which translates to “the sun stands still”. During the solstice, the sun appears to have stopped in the sky. This essentially just means that the sun stops moving any further northward after it reaches the tropic of cancer, after which the journey of the sun begins southwards.
In the southern hemisphere, the summer solstice falls on the 22nd of December which is the winter solstice for the northern hemisphere. The summer solstice occurred in 2017 on 21 June on 16:38 UTC. Here are a few facts about the 2017 summer solstice that you didn’t know;
1-On the 21st of June 2017, the shadow cast by the sun at noon will be the shortest ever if you are in the northern hemisphere.
2-The summer solstice day was also warmer as the rays of the sun fall directly at a sharp angle to the ground.
3-While the summer solstice brings the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, the same day is naturally the shortest in the southern hemisphere.
4-The Stonehenge monument located in England hosts many visitors who go there to observe the great sight each year.
5-The summer solstice has religious significance for our Christian brothers and sisters as it was this day which marks the birth of St. John the Baptist. Many pagan bonfire rituals are also held on this day.
6-In the city of New York, thousands gather at the Times Square to perform yoga and meditate starting from sunrise to sunset. The summer solstice day of 2017 is also the International Yoga day.