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Summer Starts in the Northern Hemisphere!

Summer Starts in the Northern Hemisphere!

Summer Starts in the Northern Hemisphere!

Today is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere – the solstice! People located in the Northern Hemisphere will have the longest day of the year today, and people located in the Southern Hemisphere will have the shortest day of the year.

Summer Starts in the Northern Hemisphere!

The angle between the Earth’s orbit and the axis of its rotation creates our seasons, tilting each hemisphere toward the Sun during summer in that half of the Earth. This is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. The other half of the year, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the Sun, creating winter in the north and summer in the south.

Summer Starts in the Northern Hemisphere!

Solstices happen twice per year, at the points in Earth’s orbit where this tilt is most pronounced.

Summer Starts in the Northern Hemisphere!

These days are the longest (in the summer hemisphere) and shortest (in the winter hemisphere) of the year, and mark the change of seasons to summer and winter, respectively.

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