Summer Solstice 2017: Facts To Know About The First Day Of Summer

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Wednesday marks the official start of summer, the Summer Solstice.

To make the seasons even more confusing, the summer solstice happening in the next few hours only applies in the Northern Hemisphere, the Almanac explained.

If you love summer, Tuesday marks an exciting day - it's the June solstice. The sun, which is 93 million miles away from Earth, will direct its rays on top of the Tropic of Cancer at exactly 11:24 p.m. officially marking the beginning of summer. The rest of the year, the Southern Hemisphere gets more sunlight. At the winter solstice on December 21, the Northern Hemisphere will be the furthest tilted from the sun, making it the shortest day of the year. Practically ideal weather for most of us. The further north one moves from the equator, the more light one receives during the summer solstice.

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As Earth orbits the Sun, its axis of rotation is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees from its orbital plane.

On this day, the sun does not go down in the Arctic Circle.

The festival of Ramadan coincides with the summer solstice. Muslims are supposed to fast until sunset during Ramadan, hence, those living in high altitude countries like Norway, Sweden, or Iceland, have to fast for over 20 hours. However, our earliest sunrise in Madison occurs in mid-June while our latest sunset occurs in late June.

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