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Summer Solstice 2017: Facts To Know About The First Day Of Summer

Summer Solstice 2017: Facts To Know About The First Day Of Summer

It's when the northern hemisphere is most inclined towards the sun, which is why we get the most daylight of the year.

The summer solstice, despite popular belief, is actually the point at which Earth is farthest from the sun and not closest.

The solstice is based on the position of the sun when it reaches its northernmost point from the equator, not on a set date and time, the Almanac explained. It occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, or more specifically right over 23.5 degrees north latitude. At the winter solstice on December 21, the Northern Hemisphere will be the furthest tilted from the sun, making it the shortest day of the year.

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It doesn't always mean every location will see the earliest sunrise or latest sunset on that day.

When does summer solstice end?

The maximum amount of sunlight received by the Northern Hemisphere during this time is usually on June 20, 21 or 22.

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On this day, the sun does not go down in the Arctic Circle.

People watch the midsummer sun as it rises over the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2005 on Salisbury Plain, England.

First though, take a sip of your coffee and take a moment to learn what the Summer Solstice is all about. There's more heating during our summer, making it hot, less heating during the winter, equating to cold air.

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