☀️ Summer Solstice ☀️

In 2019 the “longest day” is on 21st of June – at least for the Northern Hemisphere! For the Southern Hemisphere it takes place in December.

Not really somethings that is officially celebrated nowadays, but definitely something that people are aware of… in any case because longer days mean longer evenings and that is for sure something that most of us love!

 

With this short movie representing the 24 hours of June 21, 2019, you see the sky over our office in Amsterdam during this “longest day”. The sun comes up at 05:18, goes down on 22:06 on June 21, 2019.

So, now that the sun is up for the biggest part of the day – it’s time to create some great memories! From this day “days” are getting shorter each day and we are moving towards winter season again.

Since prehistory, the summer solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals. These days Midsummer night is still a reason the get together – we have listed a few events. And it definitely is a good reason be with friends and/or family and celebrate your long evening! Enjoy it!

https://www.midzomernachtcross.nl/

Theoretical context

The summer solstice, also known as midsummer, occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere. For that hemisphere, the summer solstice is when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky and is the day with the longest period of daylight.

A day is approximately the period of time during which the Earth completes one rotation around its axis. Depending on the tilt towards the sun, a bigger or smaller part of the day is filled with daylight / sunlight.

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