Summer Solstice 2022: Longest day of year kicks off season

Date:


NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

Tuesday marks the first day of the 2022 summer season in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Astronomical summer begins at the solstice: the longest day and shortest night of the year. 

These views, captured from the sun-facing side of Earth, show the change in Earth’s tilt between the December (left) and June (right) solstices. These images were taken by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's DSCOVR satellite in December 2018 and June 2019.

These views, captured from the sun-facing side of Earth, show the change in Earth’s tilt between the December (left) and June (right) solstices. These images were taken by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s DSCOVR satellite in December 2018 and June 2019.
(Credits: NASA/DSCOVR EPIC)

The summer solstice occurs when the Earth’s tilt toward the sun is at a maximum, with the sun appearing at the highest elevation with a noontime position, resulting in warmer temperatures.

“Solstice” comes from the Latin word solstitium, with sol meaning “sun” and stitium meaning “still” or “standing.” 

MIDWEST, PLAINS AND SOUTHEAST WILL FEEL SUMMER HEAT

According to FOX Weather, astronomical seasons are based on the position of Earth near the sun, with the Tropic of Cancer directly aligned with the sun at 5:14 a.m. ET. 

Lucca Essomba, 6 years old of Boston, MA plays in the fountains in the North End Park, as the U.S. East Coast is hit by a heat wave, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. May 22, 2022. 

Lucca Essomba, 6 years old of Boston, MA plays in the fountains in the North End Park, as the U.S. East Coast is hit by a heat wave, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. May 22, 2022. 
(REUTERS/Katherine Taylor)

The Tropic of Cancer runs through Australia, Chile, southern Brazil and northern Africa. 

NH MOUNTAIN HIKER DIES OF HYPOTHERMIA AFTER BEING RESCUED

The Earth is tilted approximately 23.5 degrees off a vertical axis, with the most direct sunlight hitting the Northern Hemisphere during astronomical summer and at the Southern Hemisphere during astronomical winter. 

Solstices happen twice per year, at the points in the Earth’s orbit where the tilt is most pronounced, indicating the change of seasons. 

Austin CapMetro busses offer free rides allowing passengers a space to cool off as extreme heat hits Texas, in Austin, Texas, U.S., June 17, 2022. 

Austin CapMetro busses offer free rides allowing passengers a space to cool off as extreme heat hits Texas, in Austin, Texas, U.S., June 17, 2022. 
(REUTERS/Jordan Vonderhaar)

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The solstice is celebrated by many cultures across the globe, and thousands gather at Stonehenge in the U.K.

Meteorological summer begins on June 1. 

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

Subscribe

Popular

More like this
Related

Injured Rafael Nadal sparks fears he'll withdraw from Wimbledon before Nick Kyrgios match

Rafael Nadal has admitted he "doesn't know" whether he'll...

Carlos Santana health: Guitarist 'doing well' after collapse on stage – what happened?

Santana “just collapsed on stage”, tweeted Billboard Reporter...

Exposure to dangerous chemicals before birth increases risk of developing liver disease

Unborn children that are exposed to dangerous chemicals...

Bizarre Euro 2022 scenes as VAR used to check ball crossed line in England goal vs Austria

England were involved in an unusual moment in...