19 Jun '17, 5pm

The summer solstice is coming! Here's what to know

The summer solstice is coming! Here's what to know

The 2017 solstice falls on June 20 or June 21 depending on where you are ... celebrate with a crash course in curiosities about the longest day of the year. It's hard to believe that a mere six months ago, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere were grimly facing the shortest day of the year – and now suddenly, the sun is setting at bedtime and the unofficial first day of summer is upon us! How did that happen?! To be honest, the winter and summer solstices sometimes feel out of whack with the seasons they represent – shouldn't the longest day of the year be the hottest and occur at the height of summer? Answers to that curiosity and more explained below. (Note: For the Southern Hemisphere this is all reversed, thanks to our topsy-turvy world.) 1. First things first, the when of it all In North America this year we can revel in longest period of sunlight on Wednesday, June...

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