The first day of summer begins on June 21, 2013 at 1:04 a.m. (EDT) in the Northern Hemisphere, marking the summer solstice. Most everyone loves summer. Kids love summer because they get a rest from school. Summer means trips to the beach, lightning bugs in the night sky, lazy days, grilling outdoors, vacation and more! What does summer mean to you?
The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. This means that there are 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle and 24 hours of darkness south of the Antarctic Circle. Since the Earth’s axis tilts, our Sun’s rays create seasons. While the Northern Hemisphere begins summer on this date, the Southern Hemisphere heralds the beginning of winter. According to Wikipedia.org, a solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. Read more about it here…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solstice