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What is Summer Solstice?

Asked by B. Wright, Last updated: Aug 21, 2019

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C. Reyes

C. Reyes

Answered on Aug 21, 2019

The summer solstice is the time that celebrates the coming of summer. This happens when one of the Earth’s poles tilts towards the sun in a maximum manner. This can only happen twice a year and only once for each hemisphere. This explains why there are a lot of people who look forward to this. They want to experience the time when the sky will experience the longest period of daylight available.

The summer solstice is the opposite of winter solstice wherein the day tends to be very short because this is the time when the Earth is usually the farthest from the sun. Some people also look forward to this, especially those who do not like the summer season.

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T. Wikati

T. WikatiTechnical Writer, New York
Technical Writer, New York

Answered on Aug 06, 2019

Summer solstice originates from the Latin words “sol” and “sistere”. Sol means “Sun” and sistere means “stationary” or “to stop”. Summer solstice occurs when the Earth is farthest position around the sun with axial angle of about 22.4 degrees. This causes the Sun to heat the Earth directly. The effect of this is that, we have longer days in the year.

This usually happen once in a year. The Northern hemisphere experiences this once and same happens in the Southern hemisphere. This usually happen around 20 – 22nd of June in the northern hemisphere and 20 – 22nd off December in the Southern hemisphere.

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