Summer Solstice is on June 21: Summer Officially Starts in the Northern Hemisphere

By on Jun 19, 2011 in Astronomy, Events, Science, World Comments

Earth’s Season from the North
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The summer solstice will occur on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 indicating that summer has officially started in the Northern Hemisphere. According to reports from international news sites, June 18, 2011, the summer solstice, would be the longest day of the year because this is the time that the earth’s axial tilt is at its maximum.

The distance of the sun from the earth is longest because the sun is farthest in the sky. This would be at 23° 26′.

Apparently, the summer solstice is observed in various ways by different states and countries.  Some go on guided tours to focal points like Yuma Arizona and Chaco Canyon in New Mexico where visitors could clearly observe the sun. Other places, like Santa Barbara, celebrate with parades and floats.

Further reports stated that the summer solstice will occur in the Southern Hemisphere on December 22, 2011.



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