It’s time to celebrate the Summer Solstice, an event that happens just once a year! Plus, with a Strawberry Moon happening on the same day, the 2016 solstice is extra special. If don’t know when this incredible event is happening, click for all the details!
Pack your bags and head to Stonehenge because it’s time for the Summer Solstice! This event has astronomers and sun enthusiasts jumping over the Strawberry Moon in excitement. This is definitely something no one wants to miss so click to find out all the important information about this sun-spectacular!
What is the Summer Solstice, anyway?
The name comes from the Latin term “solstitium,” which means “suns standing still,” according to The Independent. The name pretty much explains everything, because the summer solstice is when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky relative to the equator. The sun bakes the earth and the Solstice is the one day with the most daylight throughout in the entire year! Wow! Once the sun reaches 23 degrees 27 minutes north latitude, in the Tropic of Cancer, it will start to head southwards.
So, when is the Summer Solstice?
The sun will reach the northern most point on June 20 at 6:43 P.M. EST. That means June 20 will be the longest day of the year for those in the Northern Hemisphere, as the Arctic Circle will see 24 hours of daylight, according to WHIO. This also marks the first day of summer!
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Is it the same day every year?
Nope! The summer solstice usually happens between June 20 and June 22, but due to the Gregorian calendar, leap years and other factors, the day of the solstice changes from year to year. The same factors affect the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. In 2016, the Winter Solstice takes place on December 21, by the way.
Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, is a big destination for the solstice because the sun aligns perfectly with the stone monument. The rising sun only reaches the middle of the stones on this day and it shines through to the central alter. 20,000 visitors are expected to make the trip this year!
Why are people excited for the 2016 Summer Solstice?
2016 will see a super rare occurrence: A full moon on the summer solstice! The last time this happened was back in 1948, according to The Farmer’s Almanac. The moon will be in the sky all evening long, even before the sun goes down. This is called a “Strawberry Moon,” because farmers used to believe this moon signaled the peak of strawberry-picking season. Still, it’ll be pretty amazing to watch and HollywoodLife.com will have a livestream for those who want to see it!
Are you excited for the Summer Solstice, HollywoodLifers? Are you ready to kick off summer?