The Summer Solstice of 2022: The Longest Day of the Year

The Summer Solstice of 2022: The Longest Day of the Year


The summer solstice happens on June 21, 2022 in New York, bringing with it the longest day of the year at 14 hours and 46 minutes long. This marks the official beginning of summer as well as the longest day of the year, so be sure to use your time wisely! Whether you’re looking to beat the heat or head to an outdoor festival, there are lots of ways to celebrate this special day.

 


What is the summer solstice?

The summer solstice, also known as midsummer or St. John’s day, is an astronomical phenomenon occurring every year on June 21 or June 22 at approximately 17:24 UTC. This occurs when Earth’s rotational axis tilts most toward and away from Sun, causing now hemisphere to experience summer. In most inhabited regions around World War era middle east & Europe, northward-facing locations have June solstice suns set just below their noon zenith (the Tropic of Cancer), while southward-facing locations have their midday suns rise north of east. Solstices in both hemispheres occur around local noon because axis tilt is 1/2 degree.


Notable dates relating to summer solstices

SUMMER SOLSTICE 2022

June 6, 2020 – Winter solstice. On June 20, 2023 – We will observe Spring equinox .While on June 21, 2024 – One will see Spring equinox . June 22, 2025 – Summer solstice will be on June 21, in 2025 as well. In June 21, 2026 – Summer solstice will be on same date . In addition to this, on July 6, 2027 will mark Winter Solstice and July 21, 2028 – Midsummer’s day and summer solstice in Europe and Asia (coincides with Friday). July 22-23 summer solstices occur in Australia (3 days), Brazil (3 days), Canada (4 days), China (3 days), India and Russia (2 days). Aug 19-20 summer solstices occur in Antarctica (2 days) Greenland and South Africa also get a few hours’ extra sunlight on these dates!

 

When are the summer solstices occurring?


Summer solstices occur on June 20 or 21, every year. The Earth’s tilt causes the  seasons and its motion in orbit around the sun. Because of these motions, when we’re at our furthest point from or closest to Earth’s axis, day length changes slightly over time. The slight changes add up over a full year, so that one season typically experiences longer days than another. That gives us a summer solstice (the longest day) and a winter solstice (the shortest day).



Where can you see them happening?

Although typically confined to our atmosphere, sometimes meteors can travel into space and become falling stars. On any given night, anywhere from one to several dozen meteors per hour—known as sporadic meteors—can be seen streaking across our skies. That number increases significantly around certain times of year. During a meteor shower, as many as hundreds or even thousands of meteors can streak through our sky in a single hour. These celestial fireworks occur when Earth passes through a comet’s debris trail on its way around the sun.



Are there any cool events that held during these days?

Apart from wearing as many clothes as we can muster  there’s one thing everyone should do: check out two films—Shanghai Surprise and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Both are British crime films that were filmed in sunny Spain during summer solstice. For each movie, you get three hours where you can literally bask in rays while watching these movies. If you’re stuck inside due to inclement weather in June or July, don’t fret. You can also watch these films on Netflix with these subtitles added to enhance your experience further.



How long will they last?

 

 

There is a myth that days will start to get shorter after December 21, 2012. According to NASA, that’s not true. It’s not even in our solar system, said Jane Houston Jones, an assistant professor at Saint Louis University. Instead, every day is getting longer on Earth. It orbits around and curves along with our sun’s natural gravitational pull.

 

 

 

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