Summer Solstice 2022: The Longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, What you need to know

The Summer Solstice of 2022 will occur on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. The June summer solstice is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere.

Additionally, the day marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

Every year, the summer solstice happens twice, once on June 20 or 21 and again on December 21 or 22. In June, the sky is farthest north in the Northern Hemisphere, while in December, it is farthest south in the Southern Hemisphere.

The word solstice is derived from the Latin words sol and sistere, which mean sun and stand still, respectively. The summer solstice will occur on June 21, 2022, at 9:14 a.m. UTC.

During the June solstice, the north pole is directly facing the sun, resulting in shorter days in the Southern Hemisphere. The sun reaches its northernmost position at the Tropic of Cancer, after which it begins to move southward.

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In late December, the sun reaches its farthest southern position as it continues to march toward the south pole. The June solstice day is therefore longer than 12 hours in the Northern Hemisphere and shorter than 12 hours in the Southern Hemisphere.

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According to experts, the Tropic of Cancer received its name because the solstice used to occur when the sun was positioned in the constellation of cancer thousands of years ago.

Numerous nations in the Northern Hemisphere, like as Sweden, Finland, Norway, Spain, the United States, etc., celebrate the June solstice as a celebration each year.

The first summer solstice of the year is also known as the First Day of Summer in Midsummer. In some Christian faiths, the summer solstice is also observed as St. John’s Day, marking John the Baptist’s birthday.

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