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Summer Solstice: The Long and the Short of It Summer solstice is an annual astrological phenomenon in which the northern hemisphere receives its peak amount of solar energy

JUNE 21 started early on account of the annual summer solstice, making it the longest day of the year for people living North of the equator.

So if you’re living in the northern hemisphere and you’ve experienced the rays of the sun to be harsher than yesterday, you’re not the only one.

A summer solstice is an annual astrological phenomenon, when the northern hemisphere of the earth receives its peak amount of solar energy from the sun, making it the longest of the year. In a place like India, it can also feel like the hottest day of the year.

According to NASA, the amount of incoming solar energy the Earth receives on June 21,  is 30 percent higher at the North Pole than at the equator, marking it as the first official day of summer.

During this day, the earth’s axis is titled towards the sun in a way that the north pole receives the maximum amount of solar energy.

Solstices are a result of Earth’s 23.5° axial tilt as it orbits the sun. Throughout the year, this means that either the Northern or Southern Hemisphere is tilted toward the sun and receives the maximum intensity of the sun’s rays. This is how seasons are formed.

Summer Solstice
via www.nationalgeographic.com

According to The National Geographic, many ancient monuments like the Stonehenge, the Incan Intihuana Stone, and the Bighorn Medicine Wheel, have been built in a way that they align in the direction of the rising or the setting sun of the solstice.

Solstices mark the beginning of holidays and festivities across the world.

The summer solstice and International Yoga Day fall on the same day.

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