In case the warm weather hasn’t clued you in, summer has arrived!
June 21st marks the Summer Solstice, which means the beginning of summer and also the longest day of the year. But have you ever wondered what a Summer Solstice actually is?
Find out… after the jump!
The Summer Solstice takes place when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun. Another way to put it is this: the Summer Solstice occurs when the sun seems to be shining directly overhead at a point along the Tropic of Cancer. But if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, something totally different will take place. It’s actually the Winter Solstice down there which is the shortest day of the year. Bummer, right?
Here are some Summer Solstice fun fact for you: (via Space.com):
–The sun cannot appear directly overhead at any point in the contiguous 48 United States.
-If you live somewhere north of the Arctic Circle, you’ll be seeing 24 hours of daylight since the sun remains above the horizon all day long. This includes northern Alaska, most of Greenland, northern parts of Canada, northern Norway, Finland and Sweden. The phenomenon is called “midnight sun.”
–Ancient Pagans welcomed the Summer Solstice with bonfires. Couples would jump through the flames, thinking their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to leap.