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Summer solstice - northern and southern

Solstices are opposite on either side of the equator, so the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

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Stonehenge, England during the summer solstice.
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Northern Hemisphere summer solstice

(North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, northern Africa)

June solstice 2015:
June 21, at 16:38 UTC.

Southern Hemisphere summer solstice

(Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa)

December solstice 2014:
December 21, at 23:03 UTC
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First day of summer?

The first day of spring, summer, fall and wintercan either be defined using atronomical events like solstices and equinoxes, or they can be determined based on meteorological factors, average temperatures.

In the USA and some other areas in the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice marks the first day of summer. However, the official date for the first day of summer varies depending on the country's climate.

Topics: Astronomy, Seasons, December, June, Sun, Earth

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Solstices & equinoxes

  1. Spring / Vernal equinox
  2. Summer solstice
  3. Autumnal / Fall equinox
  4. Winter solstice
  5. Equal day & night?
  6. Seasons: Astronomical vs Meterological

Equinox & solstice in your city

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