summer solstice


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summer solstice

n.
1. In the Northern Hemisphere, the solstice that occurs on or about June 21.
2. In the Southern Hemisphere, the solstice that occurs on our about December 21.

summer solstice

n
1. (Astronomy) the time at which the sun is at its northernmost point in the sky (southernmost point in the S hemisphere), appearing at noon at its highest altitude above the horizon. It occurs about June 21 (December 22 in the S hemisphere)
2. (Astronomy) astronomy the point on the celestial sphere, opposite the winter solstice, at which the ecliptic is furthest north from the celestial equator. Right ascension: 6 hours; declination: 23.5°

sum′mer sol′stice


n.
the solstice on or about June 21 that marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
[1540–50]

summer solstice

In the Northern Hemisphere, the solstice that occurs on June 20 or 21, marking the beginning of summer and the day of the year with the longest period of sunlight. Compare winter solstice.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.summer solstice - June 21, when the sun is at its northernmost pointsummer solstice - June 21, when the sun is at its northernmost point
June - the month following May and preceding July
solstice - either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator
summer, summertime - the warmest season of the year; in the northern hemisphere it extends from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox; "they spent a lazy summer at the shore"
winter solstice - December 22, when the sun is at its southernmost point
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At this period, the summer solstice of the northern regions, it had begun to descend; and to-morrow was to shed its last rays upon them.
In the early epochs of our race, men dwelt in temporary huts, of bowers of branches, as easily constructed as a bird's-nest, and which they built,--if it should be called building, when such sweet homes of a summer solstice rather grew than were made with hands,--which Nature, we will say, assisted them to rear where fruit abounded, where fish and game were plentiful, or, most especially, where the sense of beauty was to be gratified by a lovelier shade than elsewhere, and a more exquisite arrangement of lake, wood, and hill.
The climate is certainly wretched: the summer solstice was now passed, yet every day snow fell on the hills, and in the valleys there was rain, accompanied by sleet.
Thousands of people are gathered at Stonehenge this morning for the annual summer solstice celebration that marks the longest day of the year.
On the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle, and rays of sunlight are channelled into the centre of the monument.
Islamabad -- The summer solstice is almost upon us: Friday, June 21 will be the longest day of the calendar year for anyone living north of the equator.
GMB weatherman Alex Beresford struggled to get his words out today, and suffered a blunder when he was talking about the summer solstice.
The gin extraordinaire will be swapping between rail and road as he races on trains and taxis from Scotland toNewcastle,Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Cheltenham and finishing in Reading before the sun sets on the Summer Solstice.
Providing a happy contrast to the gloomy short days of winter, summer solstice has traditionally been celebrated across Europe with festivals, rituals and events.
The country will experience on Friday its shortest night and longest daytime during the summer solstice.
This year's summer solstice will officially begin on June 21.
Chasing shadows Thousands of people gather at Stonehenge in Wiltshire (english-heritage.org.uk) each year to welcome the summer solstice. Europe's best-known prehistoric stone circle has become a leading light for midsummer festivities.