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Summer Solstice 2019: Longest Day of the year observed on June 21

June 21, 2019 1:23 PM |

Summer Solstice

June 21, 2019, denotes the start of summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year. Summer solstice, additionally called estival solstice or mid summer, happens when one of the Earth's poles has its greatest tilt toward the Sun. Basically, it is when Earth’s axis of rotation is tilted about 23.4 degrees to the Earth's orbit around the sun. Solstice, a term got from Latin words sol, which means sun, and sistere, which means to stay still, is a galactic occasion which happens two times per year - in every side of the equator (Northern and Southern).The Summer Solstice is the point when the sun is in its northernmost position.

The sun travels from the south to north, and on June 21, the sun is in its northernmost position and occurs in the Northern Hemisphere between June 20 and 21. This time, Summer Solstice is today, i.e. June 21. A couple of days before and after will also be equally long with a difference of just a few seconds. Meanwhile in the southern hemisphere, it unofficially marks the beginning of winter

The summer solstice has been viewed as a noteworthy season in numerous culture and has been set apart by celebrations and customs. Generally, the summer solstice is also called as "midsummer". Today, in certain nations and schedules it is viewed as the start of summer. This year, the summer starts on June 21 and finishes on September 23.

Talking about the major cities in India, the sunrise time for Delhi is 05:24 AM while the sunset time for Delhi today is 07:22 PM with the day being 14 hours long, while Mumbai will see the sun rise at 6:02 AM and sunset at 7:19 PM with the day being 13 and a half hours long.

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