Get Ready To Enjoy 2022's Longest (Or Shortest) Day!

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The Northern Hemisphere's summer will begin on June 21, 2022 (Credit: Image by grapefruit3 /CC-By-SA-2.0/ Pixabay)

School may be out for the summer, but the astronomical start of the warm season will not be until June 21, 2022. Called the summer solstice, it is the day when the North Pole is most inclined towards the Sun. This allows Northern Hemisphere residents to enjoy the longest day of the year. Those in the Southern Hemisphere will mark the start of winter with the year's shortest day.

Summer solstice celebrations extend throughout the day. But the solstice technically occurs at a single point in time — when the Sun is right over the Tropic of Cancer, its farthest northerly position in the sky. In 2022, this will be at 5:14 am EST (2:14 am PST).

While all countries north of the equator will enjoy at least 12 hours of daylight on June 21, some will get a lot more. The residents of New York, NY, will bask in over 15 hours of sunshine, while those in London, UK, will enjoy over 18 hours. Sweden's capital Stockholm, will experience 21 hours of light, while the lucky locals in areas around the Arctic Circle will enjoy a 24-hour day.

The summer solstice is observed with many fun events. One of the oldest and most cherished celebrations is at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. The Neolithic stone circle — built in three phases between 3000 BC and 1600 BC — is designed to align with the midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset. Thousands of visitors from around the world flock to the historic site during the solstice to witness the magical sight of the Sun rising above the stones.

Traditional dances around a Maypole are a popular midsummer tradition in Sweden (Credit: VisitSweden.com)

Sweden's Midsummer festival is celebrated with family gatherings and traditional dances around a 20-foot-tall Maypole. The most popular is the frog dance, which involves hopping around the pole while singing the tune of a famous Swedish song, "Små grodorna" ("The Little Frogs"). Weaving fresh flowers into wreaths and crowns is also popular. The ancient custom is believed to harness nature's magic to ensure good health for the year.

Alaska marks the June solstice over several days with various events, including festivals and marathons. The most unusual is the Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks. The fun tradition dates back to 1906 and entails playing baseball from 10:30 pm to about 1:30 am the following day with no artificial light.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Resources: Earthsky. org, farmersalmanac.com bortonoverseas.com,mlb.com,english-heritage.org.uk

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  • deafgirl132
    deafgirl132about 1 month
    I'm going to be a freshman in high school!!!! So scared but one thing I'm excited for is dances!!!!!!!!!!
    • floridagirl142
      Here in Florida it gets to 115 degrees‼ But the good thing is you have a ocean right next to you! And I'm going to high school I'm so scared but the good thing is that me and my friends are going to the same high school!!!!
      • emmalowe
        emmalowe4 months
        I'm so sad that summers over i'm going into 5th grade. (But at least I get to be top dog of elementry school!!!)
        • bri_24271304
          bri_242713046 months
          I'm going into 7th grade.. This summer went so fast and I don't want to go back to school....😧😧😧
          • bri_24271304
            bri_242713046 months
            It is so hot here in PA the hottest it has got to was 95 degrees but it also was humid!!! Some of the stuff in my garden didn't do well. We got rain but not alot.
            • unicorn-rainbow
              I am going to 6th gradeeee!! I can't believe summer is almost over!! The first day of school for me is August10th!
              • summer_beach
                summer_beach6 months
                So far the hottest it has got in Missouri 108 degrees! 🥵We are also in a drought where I live, it hasn't rained since June!🥀 SO HOT!!!! ☀️🥵
                • happyeraser
                  happyeraser7 months
                  Yes it’s 100° here I can’t imagine 124°
                  • pastelea
                    pastelea7 months
                    Im going to Jr high this fall I am so scared!!!I am doing alot of fun things this summer! Atvs,swimming,volleyball,fireworks, spending time with my friends oh and geting the dream wardrobe for Jr high!!! Wish me luck everyone!😍
                    • c00lkiddd
                      c00lkiddd7 months
                      I'm going to middle school next year lol. I went to an art camp away from home for a WEEK. What are you planning to do this summer?
                      • future_queen927
                        i went swimming, lake taho, rafting, and watching an AWFUL lot of tv.....lol i do NOT want to go back to school... except for my friends there. I miss them a LOT..... i started school August 16th!!! for me, school so far was great!!! ( except for the piles of homework )
                        • sofufakikeje
                          sofufakikeje5 months
                          for me summer is over. I can't wait to go home and play supersmashbros.
                          • summer_beach
                            summer_beach7 months
                            Well I don't really know, it is like a surprise! 🙃