SUMMER SOLSTICE 2021: THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER

EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR

THE JUNE SOLSTICE

In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice (aka summer solstice) occurs when the Sun travels along its northernmost path in the sky. This marks the astronomical start of summer in the northern half of the globe. (In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the opposite: the June solstice marks the astronomical start of winter, when the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky.)

WHEN IS THE SUMMER SOLSTICE?

The June solstice occurs on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at 11:32 P.M. EDT.  In 2021, it so happens that the solstice falls on the same day as Father’s Day!

The solstice marks the official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring when Earth arrives at the point in its orbit where the North Pole is at its maximum tilt (about 23.5 degrees) toward the Sun, resulting in the longest day and shortest night of the calendar year. (By longest “day,” we mean the longest period of sunlight hours.) On the day of the June solstice, the Northern Hemisphere receives sunlight at the most direct angle of the year.

YearSummer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere)
2021Sunday, June 20, at 11:32 P.M. EDT
2022Tuesday, June 21, at 5:14 A.M. EDT
2023Wednesday, June 21, at 10:58 A.M. EDT
2024Thursday, June 20, at 4:51 P.M. EDT

Note: In the Southern Hemisphere, the June solstice marks the beginning of winter.

WHAT IS THE SUMMER SOLSTICE?

In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice (aka summer solstice) occurs when the Sun reaches its highest and northernmost points in the sky. It marks the start of summer in the northern half of the globe. (In contrast, the June solstice in the Southern Hemisphere is when the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky, marking the start of winter.)

The word “solstice” comes from Latin solstitium—from sol (Sun) and stitium (still or stopped). Due to Earth’s tilted axis, the Sun doesn’t rise and set at the same locations on the horizon each morning and evening; its rise and set positions move northward or southward in the sky as Earth travels around the Sun through the year. Also, the Sun’s track in the sky becomes higher or lower throughout the year. The June solstice is significant because the Sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky at this time, at which point the Sun’s path does not change for a brief period of time.

After the solstice, the Sun appears to reverse course and head back in the opposite direction. The motion referred to here is the apparent path of the Sun when one views its position in the sky at the same time each day, for example, at local noon. Over the year, its path forms a sort of flattened figure eight, called an analemma. Of course, the Sun itself is not moving (unless you consider its own orbit around the Milky Way galaxy); instead, this change in position in the sky that we on Earth notice is caused by the tilt of Earth’s axis as it orbits the Sun, as well as Earth’s elliptical, rather than circular, orbit.

Does the Solstice Always Occur on the Same Day?

The timing of the June solstice is not based on a specific calendar date or time; it all depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the celestial equator. Therefore, the solstice won’t always occur on the same day. Currently, it shifts between June 20, 21, and 22.

The Year’s Longest Day

The Summer Solstice is the day with the longest period of sunlight. Notice how the Sun appears highest in the sky at the solstice; its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer. Because the Sun is highest in the sky on this day, you’ll notice that your shadow (at local, or solar, noon, not clock-time noon) is the shortest that it will be all year. [Local noon is when the Sun crosses the local meridian (an imaginary line between the North and South poles) and is highest in the sky for the day.]

For those who live in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the shortest day of the year and marks the arrival of winter.

See 7 fun facts about the June solstice!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: IS THE SUMMER SOLSTICE THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER?

A:Yes and no… Technically, it depends on whether we’re speaking about the meteorological or astronomical start of the season. Most meteorologists divide the year into four seasons based on the months and the temperature cycle, which allows them to compare and organize climate data more easily. In this system, summer begins on June 1 and ends on August 31. Therefore, the summer solstice is not considered to be the first day of summer, meteorologically speaking.

Astronomically, however, the first day of summer is said to be when the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky, which occurs on the summer solstice (June 20–22). Therefore, the summer solstice is considered to be the first day of summer, astronomically speaking. 

As an almanac, which is defined as a “calendar of the heavens,” we prefer to follow the astronomical interpretation of the seasons and do consider the first day of summer to coincide with the summer solstice. That being said, you may choose to follow whichever system you like best!

There is also a common debate regarding how the exact timing of the solstice affects the first day of the season. For example, if the solstice occurs at 11:30 P.M. on a Saturday, should we consider that Saturday to be the first day of summer, or should we instead consider the following day (Sunday) to be the first day? it tends to differ by whichever source you follow.

Q: IS THE SUMMER SOLSTICE THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR?

A: Yes! As spring ends and summer begins, the daily periods of sunlight lengthen to their longest on the solstice, then begin to shorten again.

On the solstice, the Sun is at its highest point in the sky and it takes longer for it to rise and to set. (Note: When the Sun appears highest in the sky near the summer solstice, the full Moon opposite the Sun generally appears lowest in the sky!)

On the winter solstice, just the opposite occurs: The Sun is at its lowest in the sky. At this time, its rays hit part of Earth at an oblique angle, creating the feeble winter sunlight.

Use our handy sunrise and sunset calculator to figure out how many hours of sunlight you’ll get in your location on the solstice!

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Q: WHY DOESN’T THE SUMMER SOLSTICE FALL ON THE SAME DATE EACH YEAR?

A: The summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere ranges in date from June 20 to 22. This occurs in part because of the difference between the Gregorian calendar system, which normally has 365 days, and the tropical year (how long it takes Earth to orbit the Sun once), which has about 365.242199 days. To compensate for the missing fraction of days, the Gregorian calendar adds a leap day about every 4 years, which makes the date for summer jump backward. However, the date also changes because of other influences, such as the gravitational pull from the Moon and planets, as well as the slight wobble in Earth’s rotation.

Q: WHY ISN’T THE SUMMER SOLSTICE—THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR—ALSO THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR?

A: Earth’s atmosphere, land, and oceans absorb part of the incoming energy from the Sun and store it, releasing it back as heat at various rates. Water is slower to heat (or cool) than air or land. At the summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere receives the most energy (highest intensity) from the Sun due to the angle of sunlight and day length. However, the land and oceans are still relatively cool, due to spring’s temperatures, so the maximum heating effect on air temperature is not felt just yet. Eventually, the land and, especially, oceans will release stored heat from the summer solstice back into the atmosphere. This usually results in the year’s hottest temperatures appearing in late July, August, or later, depending on latitude and other factors. This effect is called seasonal temperature lag.

Q: WHAT IS MIDSUMMER DAY (JUNE 24)?

A: Historically, this day marks the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvest. It is traditionally known as one of four “quarter days” in some cultures. Folks celebrated by feasting, dancing, singing, and preparing for the hot summer days ahead. Read more about the ancient Quarter Days!

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CELEBRATING THE SOLSTICE

Go strawberry picking. Enjoy a big bowl of strawberries and cream on the solstice.

There are many people—like the Swedes—who celebrate the beginning of summer by eating the first strawberries of the season. Indulging in some strawberries and cream is the perfect way to celebrate the June solstice, since June’s full Moon is also known as the Strawberry Moon. It typically coincided with the ripening of strawberries in what is now the northeastern and midwestern United States. In fact, in many states, this is the perfect time to go strawberry picking! Look up pick-your-own-strawberry farms in your area!

Have a solstice evening bonfire!

Many northern people also celebrate a solstice holiday known as Midsummer’s Day on June 24, which is one of the four ancient quarter days of the year. The eve prior is called Midsummer’s Eve, marking the shortest night of the year. A common way to celebrate is to have a bonfire party! After all, these northern people have emerged from some long, dark winters! In the Austrian state of Tyrol, torches and bonfires are lit up on mountainsides, which is a stunningly beautiful sight.

According to ancient Latvian legend, Midsummer’s Eve (St. John’s Eve) on June 23 is spent awake by the glow of a bonfire and in pursuit of a magical fern flower—said to bring good luck—before cleansing one’s face in the morning dew. Read more about fern folklore. 

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SOLSTICE FUN FACTS

THE SOLSTICE DOES NOT BRING THE EARLIEST SUNRISE

Although the day of the solstice has the most daylight hours of the year, the earliest sunrises of the year occur before the summer solstice. The exact timing will depend in part on your latitude: In the mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs about a week earlier than the June solstice.

The reason for the timing of sunrises is related to the inclination of the Earth’s rotational axis and Earth’s elliptical (rather than circular) orbit.

The latest sunsets of the year will occur several days after the solstice, again depending on latitude.

THE SUN SETS MORE SLOWLY AT THE SOLSTICE

Did you know that the Sun actually sets more slowly around the time of a solstice, in that it takes longer to set below the horizon? This is related to the angle of the setting Sun. The farther the Sun sets from due west along the horizon, the shallower the angle of the setting Sun. (Conversely, it’s faster at or near the equinoxes.) Bottom-line, enjoy those long romantic summertime sunsets at or near the solstice!

See sunrise and sunset times for your area.

SEASONS ON OTHER PLANETS

  • Mercury has virtually no tilt (less than one-thirtieth of a degree) relative to the plane of its orbit, and therefore does not experience true seasons.
  • Uranus is tilted by almost 98 degrees and has seasons that last 21 years. 

See rise/set times for all the planets!

SUMMER SOLSTICE FOLKLORE

  • Deep snow in winter, tall grain in summer. –Estonian proverb
  • When the summer birds take their flight, goes the summer with them.
  • If it rains on Midsummer’s Eve, the filbert crops will be spoiled. –Unknown
  • One swallow never made a summer.
  • Easterly winds from May 19 to the 21 indicate a dry summer.
  • If there are many falling stars during a clear summer evening, expect thunder. If there are none, expect fine weather.

Don’t forget that June 20, 2021 is also Father’s Day! See how to honor dear ol’ dad.

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Blackpink had to postpone their forthcoming livestream experience as a result of the continuous wellbeing emergency. The extraordinary occasion would have been the ideal consummation for a heavenly year in Blackpink’s set of experiences, yet all things considered, will commence a fresh out of the plastic new year with fans around the globe.

YouTube was one of the primary outlets to affirm that the worldwide livestream experience was postponed. The uncommon occasion, which is passing by the title “The Show,” will presently stream toward the finish of January. The livestream was initially set to debut on December 27th yet was moved to January 31, 2021, and is scheduled to go live at 12 a.m. EST/2 p.m. KST.

The deferral was purportedly because of wellbeing safeguards and the current limitations relating to COVID-19 in South Korea.

In a gathering articulation, Blackpink added, “We can hardly wait to meet our BLINKS as quickly as time permits, yet to consent to the South Korean COVID-19 anticipation rules and to guarantee a protected exhibition, we have lamentably settled on the choice to delay The Show from December 27 to January 31 of one year from now. Through our show, we needed to give you some kind of solace during these troublesome occasions, yet the wellbeing and security of everybody partaking in The Show is our main concern, in this way, to ensure that we plan for the show in a protected climate, we have chosen to delay The Show.”

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YouTube likewise addressed discounts for the show, adding, “Every individual who bought admittance to BLACKPINK’s THE SHOW through channel enrollments will be naturally and completely discounted to their unique type of installment beginning today.”

Fans that bought passes ought to get messages from YouTube affirming the dropping and discount. In the event that you need to join once more, the “JOIN” catch will return on BlackPink’s Official YouTube Channel so you can re-buy the new channel enrollment.

UFC Fight Night: POIRIER VS MCGREGOR Live

Date January 24, 2021
Venue Etihad Arena
City Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

UFC Fight Night: POIRIER VS MCGREGOR Live

UFC will stage Conor McGregor’s headline bout against Dustin Poirier at Fight Island on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

UFC President Dana White announced Tuesday that Fight Island will host three events, including UFC 257, in January:

By the time he steps inside the Octagon on Jan. 23, McGregor will have gone more than a full year without competing. He last fought Donald Cerrone this past January, securing a first-round TKO victory.

McGregor and Poirier crossed paths at UFC 178 in September 2014. McGregor caught Poirier with a left hand in the first round and followed up with a series of shots that forced a TKO in the first round.

That was just McGregor’s fourth fight in UFC as he was establishing himself as a contender in the featherweight division. Less than a year after that win, he beat Chad Mendes to claim the interim featherweight title.

UFC Fight Night: POIRIER VS MCGREGOR

Now, the Irish star has his eyes on a lightweight championship opportunity.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is still officially recognized as the champion, but he retired after dispatching Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October.

With a dominant performance against Poirier, McGregor is likely to be one of the first in line to compete for the belt should UFC formally take it away from Nurmagomedov.

UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny Live

Date January 20, 2021
Venue Etihad Arena
City Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny Live

This occasion will be communicated on BT Sport 3 in the UK with inclusion of the prelims beginning at 3pm.

Their fundamental show will start at 5pm in front of the headliner.

EE versatile clients can get a FREE three-month preliminary of BT Sport by messaging SPORT to 150. You would then be able to drop the preliminary whenever.

UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny

Michael Chiesa: “You can’t anticipate looking great beating Neil.

“That is an extreme assumption to put on yourself when you have a person too adjusted as he may be. He doesn’t actually have any glaring shortcomings.

“He’s simply a decent all-around warrior. He’s all around molded. He comes from a decent group. Great individual. There’s actually nothing terrible I can say about the person. He’s simply a decent all-around sport.

“Yet, I have certain perspectives to my game. He’s acceptable at everything, except I believe there’s things that I show improvement over he does. Those are the things I need to stress and gain by.

“I believe I will astonish many individuals with what I look like getting out there. I’m not the very person that battled (Rafael dos Anjos).

“I’m not hoping to look really beating Neil Magny. I’m simply going to go in there and do whatever I need to do to take care of business.

“I will be seeking after a completion as I generally am, however in the event that we had the chance to go violence for five rounds, so be it. I’m prepared to do whatever I must (do to) take care of business.”

UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar Live

Max Holloway re-visitations of the Octagon looking for a skip back win from two sequential thrashings to featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski when he fights Calvin Kattar in the headliner of the primary UFC occasion of 2021 from Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

Dana White’s advancement re-visitations of ‘Battle Island’, the site of a significant number of their cards since the COVID-19 pandemic put extreme limitations somewhere else.

Holloway, a previous UFC Featherweight champion and pleased proprietor of different Fight of the Night (3) and Performance of the Night (4) awards, can’t stand by to get straight once more into the main part of things a half year after his ineffective rematch against Australia’s Volkanovski, who took the 145lb title from the Hawaii local.

“Toward the day’s end, we’re battling five rounds,” Holloway told Yahoo! Sports. “There’s no less work. I must do a similar measure of work, a similar sum I’ve been accomplishing for a title battle – similar principles, a similar everything.”

Here’s beginning and end you need to think about viewing UFC on ABC 1: Holloway versus Kattar in the United States and the United Kingdom.

UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar Live

HOLLOWAY VS. KATTAR FIGHT DATE, START TIME

Date: Saturday, Jan. 16

Time: 8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. EST

Headliner: 10:30 p.m. GMT/5:30 p.m. EST

The card happens on Saturday, Jan. 16 with a principle card start season of 3 p.m. EST/8 p.m. GMT. Headliner cagewalks are foreseen around 5:30 p.m. EST/10:30 p.m. GMT, however the specific time will rely upon how long the remainder of the card runs.

HOLLOWAY VS. KATTAR TV CHANNEL, LIVE STREAM

U.S.: ABC/ESPN+

U.K.: BT Sport

In the U.S., the primer battles are ESPN+, who will likewise be streaming the five-battle fundamental card. That principle card, headed up by Holloway versus Kattar, will likewise be broadcast on ABC in what will be the organization’s first since forever live blended combative techniques occasion.

In the U.K., British battle fans can check out a portion of the prelims on BT Sport 3 from 6 p.m. GMT, with live inclusion of the full fundamental card accessible on a similar channel from 8 p.m. GMT.

The full starter card will be accessible to all UFC Fight Pass supporters on the organization’s real time feature.

UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar

WHERE IS THE HOLLOWAY VS. KATTAR FIGHT?

The card will be hung on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, otherwise called ‘Battle Island’ for UFC shows. Yas Island is a traveler objective and the occasions occur at the Flash Forum with no crowd, because of current COVID-19 convention. The warriors are limited to their lodgings until they have passed COVID-19 testing.

MAX HOLLOWAY RECORD AND BIO

Ethnicity: American

Conceived: Dec. 4, 1991 (age 29)

Tallness: 5’11”

Reach: 69″

Absolute battles: 27

Record: 21-6 (10 successes by means of KO, 2 successes through accommodation)

CALVIN KATTAR RECORD AND BIO

Identity: American

Conceived: Mar. 26, 1988 (age 32)

Stature: 5’11”

Reach: 72″

All out battles: 26

Record: 22-4 (11 successes by means of KO, 2 successes through accommodation)

HOLLOWAY VS. KATTAR FULL CARD

Fundamental CARD

Max Holloway versus Calvin Kattar, featherweight

Matt Brown versus Carlos Condit, welterweight

Santiago Ponzinibbio versus Li Jingliang, welterweight

Joaquin Buckley versus Alessio Di Chirico, middleweight

Punahele Soriano versus Dusko Todorovic, middleweight

PRELIM CARD

Phil Hawes versus Nassourdine Imavov, middleweight

Wu Yanan versus Joselyne Edwards, ladies’ bantamweight

Omari Akhmedov versus Tom Breese, middleweight

Carlos Felipe versus Justin Tafa, heavyweight

Nik Lentz versus Mike Grundy, featherweight

David Zawada versus Ramazan Emeev, welterweight

Sarah Moras versus Vanessa Melo, ladies’ bantamweight

Jacob Kilburn versus Austin Lingo, featherweight

UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
City: Abu Dhabi

n 2014, rising stars Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier met in Las Vegas, both wanting to clear their way to a big showdown. From that point forward, McGregor has won titles in two weight classes, while Poirier made sure about a between time lightweight crown, both turning out to be UFC geniuses simultaneously.

On January 23, the two take part in an epic rematch that features UFC 257.

Falling off a 40-second knockout of Donald Cerrone in his solitary appearance of 2020, Ireland’s “Famous” one is anxious to return himself to a world title battle, and he can put forth his defense for one on the off chance that he can hold off the charge of Louisiana’s Poirier, who not just needs to even the score with McGregor for his 2014 thrashing, however to get his own shot at recapturing the 155-pound title following his June triumph over Dan Hooker.

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