Tomorrow to be year's longest day

21 Juin, 2018, 15:25 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Grandma believed that walking barefoot in the dew on the morning of the summer solstice would keep the skin on the bottom of your feet from getting chapped.- yarruta

In New York City, there will be a little more than 15 hours of daylight on Thursday.

The Earth is actually the furthest it gets from the sun all year a couple of weeks after the northern hemisphere's summer solstice, on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 12:46 p.m. EST.

The summer solstice marks when the sun reaches the most northern point in the sky all year in the Northern Hemisphere.

When is the 2018 summer solstice?

The summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year, officially starts Thursday morning in the Northern Hemisphere.

The summer solstice's exact moment is when the sun sits directly over the Tropic of Cancer (the 23.5° north latitude mark).

What is the summer solstice?

To the south, in Miami, there will be closer to 13 hours and 44 minutes of sunlight throughout the day because it is closer to the equator.

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It is believed that solstices have been celebrated at Stonehenge for thousands of years. Thousands of visitors are expected.

Crowds cheered and raised mobile phones for images as the rays flooded through the monument and announced the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The summer solstice is in contrast with the December winter solstice where the country experiences longer nights and shorter days.

There are two solstices and two equinoxes each year, each marking the end of one season and the beginning of another.

About 9,500 people gathered at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, to watch the sun rise over the Neolithic stones.

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