June 21 is the day referred as ‘summer solstice’. It is the longest day of the year and has the shortest night mainly in the northern hemisphere. This event referred to as a ‘solstice’ is an occurrence when the axis of the Earth is tilted to maximum degree with respect to the sun.
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After this incident, the days start getting shorter till the time next solstice takes place, i.e. ill 21 December. This event which occurs on 21 December is called winter solstice and is the shortest day in the Northern hemisphere.
2018’s longest day was yesterday, i.e. 21 June. We present you with the intricate details of Summer Solstice.
Time of Summer Solstice in 2018
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When the sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer (the 23.5 degrees north latitude mark), that is the precise time when the summer solstice takes place. It started from 6:07 a.m. ET/3:07 a.m. PT.
What is the exact meaning of Summer Solstice?
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Everybody is aware of the fact that Earth’s axis is an imaginary tilted line over which the Earth rotates. It is always tilted and never upright, and it always stays at the same position. The Earth rotates around the sun which is the reason that we on Earth experience different seasons, Summer, Monsoon, Winter, Spring and Autumn.
After the Winter solstice (21 December) the northern hemisphere receives more sunlight. The duration of the day and the night are almost equivalent in March.
At the time of Summer Solstice, the sun shines brightly and directly over the Northern Hemisphere and less on the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, this is the reason why parts in the Northern Hemisphere receive more sunlight on 21 December. This is also the day when Arctic Circle receives sunlight for an entire day. Unlike what majority of the people think, this is the day when the Earth is the farthest away from the sun in respect to its orbit during the summer season.