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Off Track: Summer Solstice 2017

June 20, 2017

The summer solstice (or estival solstice), also known as midsummer, occurs when a planet’s rotational axis, in either northern or southern hemispheres, is most inclined toward the star that it orbits. Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23° 26′. This happens twice each year (once in each hemisphere), at which times the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or the south pole.

The summer solstice occurs during the hemisphere’s summer. This is the northern solstice in the northern hemisphere and the southern solstice in the southern hemisphere. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs some time between June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere and between December 20 and December 23 each year in the southern hemisphere. The same dates in the opposite hemisphere are referred to as the winter solstice.

The summer solstice marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day. Summer solstice 2017 in northern hemisphere is this afternoon at 6:24 pm Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time.

Webmaster Comments: In 1970, “In the Summertime” is the debut single by British skittle band Mungo Jerry. Written and composed by its lead singer, Ray Dorset, it celebrates the carefree days of summer. In 1970, it reached number one in charts around the world, including seven weeks in the UK Singles Chart, two weeks on one of the Canadian charts, and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. It became one of the best-selling singles of all-time, eventually selling more than 30 million copies.

Can never think it’s summer until hearing (and now watching the video)In the Summertime

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