The summer solstice on Monday, June 21, 2021, happens at the same instant for all of us on Earth, just that our clocks are different.

Otherwise known as Summer Solstice, June Solstice is known to be one of the longest days of the year in the northern hemisphere. The northern hemisphere would also include India. Well, most people are not aware of the June solstice or what it really is. As of now, you might have known it is nothing but the longest day of the year where the day goes long and night is short. Meanwhile, it marks the beginning of the summer as the early dawn shows up and the dusk goes shorter. In contrast, the Southern Hemisphere would mark it as the shortest day of the year which is why countries including Australia and South Africa would pronounce it to be the start of the winter. Continue reading to know more about the facts of June Solstice. Check them out!

SUN STANDS STILL – SOLSTICE: Derived from the Latin words Sol – sun and sistere – to come to a stop or stands still, Solstice means the “sun stands still”. When it comes to the day of June solstice, the sun would come to the northernmost position according to Earth. At this point, the zenith of the sun moves neither north nor south. So, the sun stands still at the Tropic of Cancer and then goes back to its direction thereby moving towards the South.

POSSIBLY OCCURS ON JUNE 20, 21, OR 22: While June 21 is considered to be the actual date of the June solstice, it could also fall between June 20, 21, and 22. Well, June 22 solstices are one of the rarest things to happen as the last June 22 occurred only back in 1975.

THE FIRST DAY OF THE SUMMER: Aforementioned, the sun rises earlier on the day of June solstice which marks the beginning of the summer in cultures of the Northern Hemisphere. The first day of it is known to be the mid-summer point of the season. However, the dawn of summer or midsummer celebrations goes on and around in many European countries commonly.

PROBABLY NOT THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR: When it comes to summer, you visualize the hotness of the day. Being the longest day of the year, you might have thought June solstice would be the hottest. Well, it is not true. This is because the hottest day of the year occurs in a few weeks or months post-solstice in Northern Hemisphere. This happens due to the time that oceans and landmasses take to warm up and it is called the delay or lag of the seasons.

THE EARTH IS NO CLOSER TO THE SUN: Since the sun rises earlier and the mark of the summer in the Northern Hemisphere, you might think that the Earth would come close to the Sun when the June solstice occurs. But this is not the case. The Earth is far away from the sun during this particular time of the year as the earth gets tilted slightly. However, the direction of Earth’s tilt would not alter its orbit in the solar system and comes around the sun as usual.

24 HRS OF DAYLIGHT IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE: Did you know the Arctic Circle experiences daylight for the entire day during the June solstice? Well, this is due to the atmospheric refraction and the midnight sun appears before and on the June solstice.