Summer solstice traditionally occurs on June 21 but this year it has taken place on June 20. This means that a lot of people have missed the chance of relishing few extra rays of sunlight brought by the summer solstice. This year in northern hemisphere, summer solstice occurs at 7.09 p.m. EDT or 23.09 UTC.
June 21 is a significant day for the earth and its connection to the sun. This day is one of the two solstice days when sunrays directly fall on one out of two tropical latitude lines. This day acts as the harbinger of summer and winter in the northern and southern hemisphere respectively.
In northern hemisphere, June 21 is known as summer solstice while it is termed as winter solstice in southern hemisphere. The solstices are reversed in the two hemispheres on December 21. From this day on, the daytime will start to get shorter bit by bit until the arrival of the shortest day of the year known as the winter solstice on December 21.
We know that, our earth continuously revolves around its own axis. These solstices occur due to the tilt of the axis off the surface of the earth’s rotation around the sun.