Satellite images show how the sunlight falls on the Earth at different points during a year. The Earth is displayed in the Winter Solstice December 21, 2010 (top left), the spring equinox March 20, 2011 (top right), the summer solstice June 21, 2011 (top left) the autumnal equinox September 20, 2011 (bottom right).
By Leigh Morgan
Today - 21 June 2015 - is the summer solstice, or longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.
The exact time of the solstice this year was 11:39 CDT. This is the time that the steeper the land of sun and sunlight received.
You can squeeze a few more minutes of daylight on Sunday, depending on where you live.
The further north you are, the better your day will be. For example, at Point Barrow, Alaska, one of the northernmost point of the United States, the sun all day and it is not defined.
In Key West, Fla., The southernmost point of the United States, the sun will rise on Sunday at 6:39 ET 8:19 EDT attached to a day length of 13 hours, 39 minutes and 41 seconds.
Besides being the longest day of the year, the summer solstice also marks the beginning of summer - at least by some standards. (Meteorological been started on 1 June)
Of course, the longest day of the year does not make for the hottest days of the year.
In the coming months, the atmosphere and the oceans of the northern hemisphere will absorb - and release slowly - the sun's energy.
Although more energy absorption takes place in the summer solstice, it will take about six weeks to make us feel higher temperatures.
Some other things you should know about the summer solstice:
The summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, located at latitude 23.5 degrees north. (Runs through Mexico, the Bahamas, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India and southern China.) The sun will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 11:39 CDT June 21, 2015 . Across the north, the sun is at its highest point in the sky and this is the longest day of the year, according to the National Weather Service.
The summer solstice in the northern hemisphere occurs when the winter solstice occurs in the southern hemisphere. His days are now beginning to be longer than days in the northern hemisphere begins to shorten.
Today, perhaps the longest day of the year, but probably not the hottest. According to the National Weather Service, about a six-week period between the longest day of the year and an average summer temperature of most media sites and high latitude.
Although the summer solstice marks the beginning of summer for many, is actually the middle of the season.
Your shadow at solar noon is the shortest of the year.
At low latitudes hour days are shorter, but the sun reaches its highest point in the sky.
The summer solstice is one of the first sunrise of the year the sun (but not necessarily the oldest). For example, Birmingham was his first release on June 8 to 17, at 5:37 CDT. Birmingham sunny Sunday morning will be at 5:38 (the first sunrise of Huntsville sun was 5:33 on June 6 to 20, but the sun will rise at 5:34 Sunday. First mobile dom dawn They were at 5:49 CDT on June 5 -17. Sunday sunrise sunset will 5:51)
Twilight in the northern hemisphere solstice is higher than at any time of the year.
The days gradually grow shorter after the solstice in June The shortest day of the year will be December 21 at 10:49 p.m. CT.
The summer solstice usually occurs on June 20 or 21, and rarely on June 22. According TimeandDate.com, the next solstice of June 22 will not be until 2203. The last was in 1975.
Yes, you can get an egg on its end of the summer solstice. But you can do all year, if you are sick. It is a myth that there is a gravitational equilibrium particular Solstice