Unlike our birthdays, summer solstice needn't fall on the same day every year.
Summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere occurs on June 20, 21, or 22, when the sun reaches its most northerly point, directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer (23 degrees 27 minutes north latitude).
This year, the summer solstice will take place today (June 21).
The Summer Solstice is linked to why we see more daylight in the summer and less during the winter months - Earth orbits the sun on a tilted axis. It's all part of the variation of seasons, which occurs because of Earth's tilt with respect to the sun. However, the date also changes because of other influences, such as the gravitational pull from the Moon and planets, as well as the slight wobble in Earth's rotation.
In Greece people have made the trek up Mount Olympus on the Summer Solstice for some, 2,500 years, according to Travel and Leisure magazine.
Note: this is only the "summer" solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
"And the farther north, the more sun!" This year on the June solstice, the sun will actually be moving from constellations Gemini to Taurus.
Regardless of how to you plan on celebrating (or not celebrating) the solstice, the sun is shining in Ellwood City today and is expected to set at 8:56p.m. In Scandinavia, the summer solstice revelries include a lot of vodka, herring as well as singing and dancing around the maypole.
That's because the day is still 24 hours. Due to atmospheric refraction, the sun is visible at midnight on the Arctic pole a few days before the onset of June Solstice.
How do people celebrate summer solstice?
Summer solstice, which takes place when the sun is at its highest point above the Tropic of Cancer, begins at exactly 12:24 a.m. ET today in NY.
As such, it's the middle of the warm season and the beginning of summer, and has always been associated with the sun. The rest of the year, the Southern Hemisphere gets more sunlight.
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Take in a concert - If there isn't something in your immediate vicinity, you can probably find one within an hour's drive from the Fenton area. Stay tuned for more articles on this interesting astronomical event!