Happy Summer Solstice and Happy Father’s Day! In honor of the first day of summer, this week’s post features beautiful summer seascape and landscape photos.
Here are some facts about the summer solstice from “Summer Solstice 2015: 5 Facts To Know About The First Day Of Summer” by Julia Glum in the International Business Times:
- This year, it falls on June 21. But that’s not always true. The summer solstice happens between June 20 and June 21 every year and formally occurs when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky.
- Where does the word come from? “Solstice” is a word that means “sun” and “staying,” or the sun standing still. While on other days the sun seems to move in the sky, on the solstice it doesn’t. In terms of the planet’s revolution, the sun is farthest away from the Earth during the North Hemisphere’s summer and closest during its winter. Check out your shadow — around noon on the solstice, it will be the smallest it’ll get all year.
- It’s also the Winter Solstice. At the exact same time summer starts in the Northern Hemisphere, winter starts in the Southern Hemisphere.
- In some places, there’s constant sunlight. The so-called “midnight sun” shines all day during the solstice in some parts of Alaska, Canada, Sweden and Finland, according to Space.com.