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Today, June 21, is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere

The sun rises as a raptor flies by in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2019, the so-called longest day on the northern hemisphere. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2022. 10:06 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The Summer or June Solstice as it’s called marks the beginning of Summer. In Belize, where we go by the rainy and dry season, we’re experiencing a lot of rain, but, it’s still the longest day of the year here as well.

During the Summer solstice, the sun is at its highest and most northerly position in the sky away from the Northern Hemisphere of Earth. This happens because the Earth’s axis, as it rotates around the sun, tilts up to 23.5 degrees from the vertical toward the sun. As this happens the Northern Hemisphere receives light for a longer period. Hence the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. This happens for the Southern Hemisphere as well but in December.

Here in Belize, according to the National Meteorological Service of Belize, sunrise was at 5:19 am and sunset will be at 6:29 pm, a total of 13 hours and ten minutes.

The Summer Solstice happens for the Southern Hemisphere as well six months from now, on December 21. There, today is the Winter Solstice. It’s the shortest day of the year and it marks the beginning of winter.


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