Summer solstice 2022: 1st day of summer

While the temperatures may already feel like summer, the official start of the season begins on Tuesday in the Northern Hemisphere — an event known as the summer solstice.

During the June solstice, the sun travels along its northernmost path in the sky for the northern half of the globe,

The June solstice marks the official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Summer solstice significance

it occurs when Earth arrives at the point in its orbit where the North Pole is at its maximum tilt — about 23.5 degrees — toward the sun.

The June solstice occurs on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at 5:14 a.m. EDT, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

In ancient times, the date of the June solstice was used to organize calendars and as a marker to figure out when to plant and harvest crops.

In ancient Gaul, which encompasses modern-day France, the Feast of Epona was celebrated with bonfires to mark the solstice or midsummer (June 24 in 2022).

Sunset and sunrise will be live-streamed for free on English Heritage’s social media channels. You can watch both live on its Facebook page here.

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