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If you follow my instagram, you know that I have been all about the summer vibes this weekend.
Which is completely fitting because June 21st, 2015 is the summer solstice.
Now, you may be thinking,
There is actually some really interesting things to know about the summer solstice and I am going to share them with you… right now!
1. The summer solstice is said to be the longest day of the year above the equator.
2. Contrary to popular belief, the earliest sunrise and latest sunset are not on the day of summer solstice. For mid-northern latitudes, the earliest sunrise actually occurs on June 14th and the latest sunset on June 27th.
3. “Solstice” comes from the Latin “solsitium” meaning “sun stands still,” which indeed appears to be the case as it reaches its highest point in the sky on this day.
4. This day is widely regarded as the first official day of summer.
5. In England, the solstice is celebrated by pagans and tourists when they visit Stonehenge to watch the sun rise among the stones. Legend has it that the stones were set up to align with the sun on this day.
6. In Sweden, the solstice is celebrated during the Midsummer festivities (a.k.a. St. John’s Day/Litha). Although, they set the date as June 24th every year while the actual date of the summer solstice moves. This celebration is so significant in Sweden that there has been serious talk of making this day the national holiday rather than June 6th.
7. In New York, the solstice is celebrated by a huge crowd of people doing yoga in Time Square.
8. Your shadow is the smallest it will get all year at noon on the day of the summer solstice.
9. The summer solstice occurs at the moment the earth’s tilt toward the sun is at a maximum
10. At the exact same inciting moment of the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice begins in the Southern Hemisphere.
11. The so-called “midnight sun” shines all day during the solstice in some parts of Alaska, Canada, Sweden and Finland.
12. The summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer (located at 23.5° latitude North) and runs through Mexico, the Bahamas, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, and southern China.
13. The photo below is a solargraph made with a pinhole camera, in which the path of the sun as it crosses the sky is captured for an extended period. It depicts the period from the summer solstice (highest streaks) to the winter solstice (lowest streaks) in 2009.