Today, June 21st, is the longest day of the year
If today, June 21st seems like a really long day, don’t worry – that’s because today is the longest day of the year and the summer solstice is upon us! This astronomical event that occurs annually throughout the world, is recognized in all countries located in the northern hemisphere as the start of SUMMER TIME!
The summer is characterized by longer days and shorter nights, as well as of course higher temperatures. Unlike other nations, the Dominican Republic is hot most of the year, because it is located between the Tropic of Cancer and the equator – which means that in this country the seasons are not very pronounced and that we enjoy beautiful tropical weather all year around. Today in the Dominican Republic we will enjoy 13 hours, 24 minutes and 24 seconds of daylight (approximately)!
Solstice comes from the Latin words “sol” and “sistere” meaning “sun stands still”- a reference to how, when seen from Earth, the sun appears to pause before its position in the sky reverses direction.
This is the first day of astronomical summer and also the longest day of the year for people in the Northern Hemisphere.
The opposite happens in December: The sun shines directly on the Tropic of Capricorn, and the Southern Hemisphere experiences its summer solstice, while the Northern Hemisphere experiences its winter solstice.
The June solstice of 2014 will occur today, Saturday June 21st at 10:51 am Universal Time – the time in Greenwich, England. In the Dominican Republic this was at 06:51 am!
Source: CasadeCampo Living
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