June Summer Solstice

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2 Jun
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The Summer Solstice

The summer solstice also known as midsummer, happens when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). For that hemisphere, the summer solstice is when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky and is the day with the longest period of daylight. Within the Arctic circle (for the northern hemisphere) or Antarctic circle (for the southern hemisphere), there is continuous daylight around the summer solstice. On the summer solstice, Earth's maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44°. Likewise, the Sun's declination from the celestial equator is 23.44°.

The summer solstice occurs during summer. This is the June solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the December solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs sometime between June 20 and June 22 in the Northern Hemisphere and between December 20 and December 23 in the Southern Hemisphere. The same dates in the opposite hemisphere are referred to as the winter solstice.

The summer solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals. Traditionally, in many temperate regions (especially Europe), the summer solstice is seen as the middle of summer and referred to as "midsummer". Today, however, in some countries and calendars it is seen as the beginning of summer.

Europe

City

Sunrise
20 June 2016

Sunset
20 June 2016

Length of the day

Edinburgh

4:26

22:02

17 h 36 min

Moscow

3:44

21:17

17 h 33 min

Berlin

4:43

21:33

16 h 49 min

Warsaw

4:14

21:00

16 h 46 min

London

4:43

21:21

16 h 38 min

Kiev

4:46

21:12

16 h 26 min

Paris

5:46

21:57

16 h 10 min

Vienna

4:53

20:58

16 h 04 min

Budapest

4:46

20:44

15 h 58 min

Rome

5:34

20:48

15 h 13 min

Madrid

6:44

21:48

15 h 03 min

Lisbon

6:11

21:04

14 h 52 min

Athens

6:02

20:50

14 h 48 min

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