Today is the June Solstice!

What is the June Solstice?

The June Solstice, or Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere and Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere, marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern hemisphere. On the June Solstice, the sun’s rays fall directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere, so those living north of this location experience the longest hours of daylight out of the year. On the June Solstice only, there are also 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle and 24 hours of darkness south of the Antarctic Circle.

Learn more about the June Solstice by clicking here.

When is the June Solstice?

The June Solstice occurs anywhere from June 20 to 22 at a specific time. In 2011, the June Solstice will occur June 21 at 5:16 p.m.

Do people celebrate the June Solstice?

Learn about ancient and modern June Solstice traditions and celebrations by clicking here. then check out National Geographic’s slide show of June Solstice rituals around the world.

Sources: timeanddate.com, geography.about.com
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