Summer Solstice 2021: Know Why June 21 Is The Longest Day Of The Year

Summer Solstice, or the longest day of the year, will occur on Monday, 21 June 2021. Summer solstice is often referred to as estival solstice or midsummer. The summer solstice happens when one of the Earth's poles is at its most tilted toward the Sun. It occurs twice a year, once in each Northern and Southern hemisphere.

 

Summer Solstice 2021: The Longest Day Of The Year

What Exactly Is The Summer Solstice?

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Solstice marks the start of the astronomical summer. It concludes on September 22 with the autumn equinox. As the Sun crosses the Equator and goes over the Northern Hemisphere, the length of day and night is nearly equal. On the June solstice, the Earth is positioned so that the North Pole is tilted towards the Sun.

When Is The Summer Solstice In The Year 2021?

The Summer Solstice 2021 will take place on Monday, 21 June 2021. The solstice happens when the sun passes exactly overhead the imaginary Tropic of Cancer, at 23.5°N latitude.

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What Is The Significance Of The Name Solstice?

The term 'solstice' is derived from the Latin words 'sol' (sun) and 'sistere' (to stand still).

Winter Solstice Vs. Summer Solstice

The solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice a year, once in the summer (June) and once in the winter (December).

During the June Solstice/Summer Solstice, it is summer time in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Russia, India, and China, and it is the longest day of the year, whereas it is winter time in Australia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa, and it is the shortest day of the year.

During the December Solstice/Winter Solstice, it is winter time in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Russia, India, and China, and it is the shortest day of the year, but it is summer season in Australia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa, and it is the longest day of the year.

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