Summer Solstice June 20: The biggest day of the year

Summer Solstice June 20: The biggest day of the year

Summer Solstice also called midsummer is the longest day of the year, it’s the beginning of summer, and the days after this day is shorter with nights longer.

There are 365 days in a year, but one day which the biggest day of the year is June 21. On this day, in all the countries in the entire northern hemisphere including India, the day is big and the night is small. A moment also comes when the shadow disappears. This day is also known as the summer solstice.

Why is the biggest day of the year on June 20?

On this day, the sun goes through the northern hemisphere and reaches the point at which it is farthest north of the equator, directly over the Tropic of Cancer. Therefore, the rays of the sun fall on the earth for a long time. That is why on June 20, the day is big and the night is small.

This is the normal process of the earth. The earth revolves around the Sun and revolves around its axis. He leaned 23.5 degrees on his axis. Because of this, the light of the sun does not always be the same on earth and there is a difference in the day-night period. At sunset in the afternoon of June 20, the sun will remain very high. After this, the period of day and night becomes equal around 21st September. After this, the night begins to grow bigger than the day. This process continues till December 23. This day’s night is the longest of the year, while the day is the smallest.

Will the shadow disappear?

Yes, on June 20, the shadows leave for a few moments. This happens when the sun is above the fine cancer line. Sunlight falls on the ground for about 15 to 16 hours on this day.

In the southern hemisphere is reversed

This cycle is annual and vice versa in the southern hemisphere. While the people living in the northern hemisphere are called the beginning of heat June 20, the beginning of the winter is known to the people living in the southern hemisphere.

This happened not on June 20 only

June 20 is considered to be the biggest day of the year, but it is not necessary to do so everywhere. It can be any day from June 20, June 21, and June 22, which is rare on June 22. Last year was the biggest day of the year on June 22, 1975, and now it will be 2203.

As it is the biggest day of the year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chooses to celebrate June 21 as International Yoga Day.

What does Stonehenge have to do with it?

Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice at Stonehenge Source:

Stonehenge is an ancient prehistoric World Heritage Site in Wiltshire, England, and has been a place of worship and celebration at the time of Summer Solstice for thousands of years.

On the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle, and rays of sunlight are channeled into the center of the monument.

It is believed that the summer solstice has been celebrated at Stonehenge for thousands of years and every year thousands of people gathered at the monument to celebrate and greet the longest day of the year.

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