Summer solstice 2022: know about the longest day of the year
Summer solstice 2022: The summer solstice, also known as the June solstice, is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere on Tuesday. Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere and winter begins in the Southern Hemisphere on the June solstice. This astronomical event occurs on June 20 at 10:32 p.m. CDT (UTC-5) for people in North America, and on June 21, 2021, at 03:32 UTC for the rest of the world.
The June solstice, which is produced by Earth’s tilt on its axis and travels in orbit around the Sun, will occur this year on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at 9:14 UTC (4:14 a.m. CDT).
Why do the days in the Northern Hemisphere seem to be longer while the days in the Southern Hemisphere seem to be shorter?
The north pole is tilted more directly toward the sun on the day of the June solstice, while the south pole is turned more directly away from the sun. As a result, the days in the Northern Hemisphere are longer while the days in the Southern Hemisphere are shorter.
Know some interesting facts (Summer solstice 2022):
The ancient cultures knew that throughout the year, the sun’s passage across the sky, the amount of daylight, and the place of sunrise and sunset all moved in a predictable pattern. People also constructed structures, such as Stonehenge in England, to track the sun’s yearly travel, worship it, and forecast its motions.
“Solstice” is derived from the Latin words “sol” (sun) and “sistere” (sister) (i.e. stationary). It only happens twice a year. It happens in June in the Northern Hemisphere and December in the Southern Hemisphere.
The solstice occurred a few thousand years ago when the sun was in the constellation of Cancer (Latin for crab), and the line of latitude known as the Tropic of Cancer was named after it.
The sun reaches its northernmost point, the Tropic of Cancer, on the June solstice, and remains motionless before reversing direction and travelling south again. On the summer solstice, the sun’s trajectory across the sky is curved, not straight.
On the day of the summer solstice, the sun rises farthest left on the horizon and sets at its rightmost conceivable location, illuminating spots in your home that are illuminated at no other time.
During the summer solstice, midsummer night celebrations are held in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland.
The summer solstice date fluctuates between June 20, 21 and 22 based on Earth’s current orbit and is not set since it is determined by the mechanics of our solar system rather than the human calendar.