Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Summer Solstice - 2017

2017 Summer Solstice, June Solstice

 The summer solstice: Tuesday, June 21, will be the longest day of 2017 for anyone living north of the equator. The longest day and the shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere occur during summer solstice 

Summer Solstice Local (Chandigarh) Time
Summer Solstice Time = 09:53:25
Sunrise = 05:20:29
Sunset = 19:28:53
Day Duration = 14 Hours 08 Mins 23 Secs
Previous Day Duration = 14 Hours 08 Mins 23 Secs
Next Day Duration = 14 Hours 08 Mins 22 Secs

In Hindu astrology Summer Solstice is known as Tropical Dakshinayana. However Sidereal Dakshinayana starts from Karkata Sankranti - from this day onwards Asurakal starts which is not good to start auspicious work.

The summer solstice (or estival solstice), also known as midsummer, is an
astronomical event which occurs twice, once in summer and once in winter, each year when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole. During Solstices the tilt of the axil of the Earth (with respect to the Sun) is the maximum at 23° 26'.

Solstices occur on 20th or 21st June and 21st or 22nd December each year. During summer the day of the solstice is the longest day of the year and during winter the day of the solstice is the shortest day of the year.
During June it is Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere and Winter Solstice in the Southern hemisphere.
Similarly during December it is Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere and Summer Solstice in the Southern hemisphere.
As seen from a geographic pole, the Sun reaches its highest altitude of the year on the summer solstice. It can be solar noon only along that longitude, which at that moment lies in the direction of the Sun from the pole. For other longitudes, it is not noon. Noon has either passed or has yet to come. Hence the notion of a solstice day is useful. The term is colloquially used like "midsummer" to refer to the day on which solstice occurs. The summer solstice day has the longest period of daylight, except in the polar regions, where daytime remains continuous for 24 hours every day during a period ranging from a few days to six months around the summer solstice.

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