What Do You Know About Summer Solstice? Trivia Quiz

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Trivia quiz for the longest day of the year! The summer solstice occurs on Tuesday, June 20, at 8:24 p. M. AKDT. In the northern hemisphere, the sun reaches its highest elevation, with a stretch of sunlight that lasts for 17 hours. This will be the longest day of the year. Let’s test your solstice knowledge! All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The word “solstice” comes from the Latin “Solstitium” which means…?
    • A. 

      Sun shines brightest

    • B. 

      Sun stands still

    • C. 

      Sun changes path

  • 2. 
    The astronomical year is split into four seasons but they aren’t all of the equal lengths. Which season is the longest?
    • A. 

      Summer

    • B. 

      Autumn

    • C. 

      Spring

    • D. 

      Winter

  • 3. 
    The June solstice can occur between June 20 and 22, but June 22 solstices are rare. The last one occurred in 1975. When will the solstice next land on June 22?
    • A. 

      2020

    • B. 

      2031

    • C. 

      2144

    • D. 

      2203

  • 4. 
    Though we celebrate the day, June solstice occurs at one specific moment. Is it…?
    • A. 

      The moment when Earth is closest to the sun.

    • B. 

      The moment when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer.

    • C. 

      The moment when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn.

    • D. 

      The moment when the sun's rays hit the Arctic Circle.

  • 5. 
    After gaining daylight since the December Solstice, on June 21, locations in the Northern Hemisphere start to lose daylight. How much daylight will Anchorage, Alaska, lose on that day?
    • A. 

      2 seconds

    • B. 

      1 minute, 45 seconds

    • C. 

      11 seconds

    • D. 

      59 seconds

  • 6. 
    How much daylight will "Utqiaġvik", the northernmost city in Alaska, lose on June 21?
    • A. 

      5 minutes, 44 seconds

    • B. 

      35 seconds

    • C. 

      0 seconds

    • D. 

      2 minutes, 23 seconds

  • 7. 
    When will the sun set next in Utqiaġvik?
    • A. 

      July 23, 2017

    • B. 

      August 2, 2017

    • C. 

      October 30, 2017

    • D. 

      September 23, 2017

  • 8. 
    According to the Pagan Celtic year, there are four ‘lesser’ holidays. Which isn’t one of them?
    • A. 

       Imbolc

    • B. 

      Yule

    • C. 

      Summer Solstice

    • D. 

      Vernal equinox

  • 9. 
    In places that are north of the Arctic Circle, like northern Alaska, the sun doesn't set below the horizon for 24 hours on the solstice. What's the phenomenon known as?
    • A. 

      The Aurora Borealis

    • B. 

      Midnight sun

    • C. 

      The Transit of Venus

    • D. 

      None

  • 10. 
    The summer solstice kicked off the countdown to what ancient Greek event?
    • A. 

      The chariot races

    • B. 

      The circus games

    • C. 

      The Olympics

    • D. 

      None

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