Today is the Summer Solstice and the first official day of summer! To be fair, it’s always summer here in San Diego, but it should be celebrated no matter where you are. We did some research to find out the whole meaning behind the summer solstice and were surprised by what we learned. Here are some fun facts about today that you maybe didn’t know:
It’s the longest day of the year.
Ok, technically there are 24 hours in every day, but the hours of sunshine lengthen beyond usual during the summer solstice. This gives us plenty of time to enjoy some UV Rays and fresh air. Soak it up because the days will only get shorter from here.
The sun stands still.
The word ‘solstice’ is derived from the Latin words sol sistere meaning ‘sun stand still.’ The summer solstice marks the time when the Earth is most inclined towards the sun.
Parts of the world have 24 hours of daylight and darkness.
The Arctic Circle experiences 24 hours of daylight while the Antarctic Circle undergoes 24 hours of darkness. Aren’t you glad you don’t live in Antarctica?
It’s a worldwide celebration.
Summer solstice is celebrated around the world with the most notorious celebration occurring at Stonehenge. Last year 37,000 people visited this historical landmark to celebrate. In Alaska, the Solstice is celebrated with a midnight baseball game.
There you have it – summer solstice in a nutshell. Now get outside and take advantage of the extra daylight.