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June 21 the longest day of the year: Summer Solstice 2023

In Latin, solstice means “the sun stands still.” According to NASA, the solstices and equinoxes function as seasonal markers due to the earth’s axial tilt of 23.5 degrees with respect to its orbital path around the sun. Because of the tilt, different parts of the planet receive varying quantities of sunlight depending on the time of year.

During the summer solstice, the northern hemisphere is inclined towards the sun, so it receives the full solar glare. Furthermore, the farther north you go, the more hours of sunlight you’ll see. As a result, June 21, the beginning of the summer solstice, becomes the longest day of the year.
The precise time of the cross-quarter moment between Bealtaine (early Summer) and Lughnasadh (early Autumn) this year is Wednesday, June 21st, at 3.58 p.m. (Irish time).

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