Summer Solstice 2020: Here are five lesser known facts about the longest day of the year
New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Every year, between June 20-June 22 (June 21 of most), the Summer Solstice bangs the bong of its spectacular appearance, announcing to the world that the north pole has achieved its maximum tilt towards the sun, and thus the peak of summers has started in the countries of the northern hemisphere. This year, in many parts of the world, the Summer Solstice will be observed on June 20th itself – Greenwich Mean Time, 21:43 hours onwards, which translates into 3:13 am (21st June, Indian Standard Time).
Here are some of the amazing facts related to the longest day of the year:
1. The Summer Solstice results in longest sunlight hours in the northern hemisphere and shortest hours of sunlight in the southern hemisphere, and thus marks the beginning of summers in the northern hemisphere and that of winters in the southern hemisphere.
2. The Summer Solstice also marks the summers for reportedly over 85 per cent of the population worldwide, in the northern hemisphere. Truly, the north remembers the Summer Solstice anyway.
3. The word Solstice stands for ‘Sun stands still’ in Latin. In Ancient Egypt, according to the Inverse website, the summer solstice also used to mark the beginning of the new year as it took place at the same time as the rise of the water levels of the Nile River, giving new life and composure to the excruciatingly hot summers of Egyptian region.
4. Earth isn’t the only planet which experiences the Summer Solstice. According to rd.com website, all the planets in our solar system have summer solstices. The solstice of planet Mars occurs a few days after Earth's in June, wherever that of the Uranus takes place once every 84 years given its huge distance from the sun.
5. No shadows in the areas passed upon by the Tropic of Cancer: At the stroke of the noon, one cannot see any shadows on the day of the Summer Solstice. In India, this phenomenon will take place in many districts of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, West Bengal, Tripura and Jharkhand, from where the Tropic of Cancer passes.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma