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Related to summer solstice: winter solstice
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.
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°
the solstice on or about June 21 that marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
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.
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|Noun||1.||summer 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