Summer Solstice 2020 and Why It’s Not That Important for Us

Summer will soon hit the Northern Hemisphere, on the 20th of June, on Saturday, at 5:43:32 p.m. EDT (21:43:32 GMT). Also, the June solstice will be the beginning of winter for those who are in the Southern Hemisphere.  

This celestial event will not get as much attention as April’s Supermoon, which was the biggest full moon of the year. We know the reason behind that – we can see the moon, but the solstice is just a calculation, you can’t see the change in the spawn of daylight which, for those who live at mid-northern latitudes, is actually the same on the 20th of June as it was today before that. It will be diminished by half an hour by the 23rd of July.  The coming of summer does not come big, and for some, summer has happened since early May. 

When the solstice happens, the sun will make its appearance directly over the Tropic of Cancer, latitude 23.5 degrees north, in the center of the Pacific Ocean at 817 miles (1,314 kilometers) east-northeast from Honolulu. With the exception of Hawaii, we don’t really see the sun directly overhead from all of the US states. However, on Saturday, at 1:00 PM local Daylight Time, the sun will be at its highest point in the sky. 

The sun will appear as a high arc across the sky, and the duration of the daylight will be at its most extreme, and it can last up to 15 hours in some special cases. However, the earliest sunrise and the latest don’t actually coincide with the summer solstice, in spite of what people say. The earliest sunrise happened on the 14th of June, and the latest sunrise will occur on the 27th of June. 


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