Picture above (Click here to view the full picture): Oliver Nagy took this cool picture between the solstice in June and December 2014. The camera was fixed to a single point for the entire exposure time and continuously recorded the suns on the way as luminous paths across the sky. The breaks and gaps between the lines are caused by clouds. Thanks, Oliver!
If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, the solstice in June is your signal to celebrate the summer. When you are in the Southern Hemisphere, winter starts at this Solstice. This solstice in June 201
Continue reading to get some brief information to help you connect with nature at the Solstice in June 2019.
Solstice brings extreme daylight conditions and darkness. Earth's orbit around the Sun – and the tilt around its axis – has taken us to a place in space where the northern hemisphere of our world has the time of daylight, the longest day and the shortest night. Meanwhile, the June solstice brings the shortest day and the longest night south of the equator.
The June solstice gives us the northernmost sunrise and the northernmost sunset of the year. The northernmost sunrise and sunset provides the longest daytime of the year in the northern hemisphere and at the same time the shortest time of day in the southern hemisphere. North of the Arctic Circle, the sun does not rise or set, but remains above the horizon 24 hours a day. South of the Arctic Circle, the sun does not rise or set, but remains below the horizon for 24 hours .
In the northern hemisphere the midday shadows are the shortest at this solstice. At this solstice, the sun moves all year round at the northernmost point of the sky. It is the highest sun of the year, seen from the Tropic of Cancer and all the northern locations. Thus, your midday shadow is the shortest.
In the southern hemisphere the opposite is the case. This solstice marks the deepest sun and the longest noonday shadow for those on the southern part of the globe.
Each solstice marks a "turn" of the year. Even though this northern summer begins with the solstice, the solstice around the world is a turning point of the year. For many cultures, the solstice can be a limit or a culmination of something. From all over the world, the sun now sets as far to the north as never before. The solstice marks when the sun reaches its northernmost point of the year. After the solstice in June, the sun on the dome of the sky begins again with its subtle shift to the south.
At the beginning of summer we find the seeds of the end of the summer.
Longest day of the Northern Hemisphere, but not the latest sunset. The latest sunset does not come on the summer solstice day. Not the earliest sunrise, either. The exact dates vary with latitude, but the order is always the same: earliest sunrise before the summer solstice, longest day at the summer solstice, latest sunset after the summer solstice.
Shortest day of the southern hemisphere, but not the latest sunrise. The latest sunrise does not come on the day of the winter solstice. Not even the earliest sunset. The exact dates vary with the latitude, but the order is always the same: earliest sunset before the winter solstice, shortest day at the winter solstice, latest sunset after the winter solstice.
Read more about the earliest sunrises and read more about the latest sunsets here.
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