Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Summer Solstice 2017: Facts To Know About The First Day Of Summer

Summer Solstice 2017: Facts To Know About The First Day Of Summer

Additionally, people in Iceland celebrate summer solstice by attending a music festival in Rejkjavik, which is four days long and features over 1 hundred artists.

By daybreak on Wednesday, it will be summer by the astronomical definition. For example, in Point Barrow, Alaska, one of the northernmost points in the USA, the sun will be up all day and not set.

For all of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, today is the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year.

Also, the civilians of NY celebrate summer solstice by taking free yoga classes in Times Square below enormous billboards and the beaming sun.

Universal time is 4 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

The summer solstice is caused by Earth's tilt on its axis and its orbit around the sun.

It actually signals the moment the sun's path stops moving northward in the sky, and the start of days becoming steadily shorter as the slow march to winter begins. This year, that happens at 10:24 p.m. (MDT) Tuesday, June 20.

You can join the City of Fruita in celebrating the extra hours of daylight on Wednesday, June 21st. For example, on June 20 there will be 14 hours, 29 minutes and 13 seconds of daylight in Huntsville. Above the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets at this time of year.

Tomorrow will be the longest day of the year, marking the Summer Solstice when the sun will be exactly vertical to the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said. The same dates in the opposite hemisphere are referred to as the winter solstice. According to, the next solstice on June 22 won't be until 2203.

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