Summer solstice heats up hot rumor myths

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Think quickly. On which day of the year does the sun set the latest? If you guessed tomorrow, June 21, also known as the summer solstice, you would be incorrect. Sorry. But don’t worry. May other people would have chosen the same answer. Here are some other myths, lore and misconceptions about the summer solstice which is June 21, 2014:

Summer solstice: what is it?

The summer solstice occurs at the moment the earth’s tilt toward the sun is at a maximum. So on the day of the summer solstice, the sun appears at its highest elevation with a noontime position that changes very little or several days before and after the summer solstice, according to the National Weather Service.

The summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, which is located at 23.5 degrees latitude north and runs through Mexico, the Bahamas, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India and South China. For every place north of the Tropic of Cancer, the sun is at its highest point in the sky and this is the longest day of the year.

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Because it is the summer solstice, you’d have to get up fairly early tomorrow, June 21, to beat the worm, as the wise man says.  But that’s not because the day of the summer solstice is the longest day or the earliest day of the year.

The summer solstice is not either of those.

In South Jersey the sun will rise at about 5:32 a.m. and set at 8:30 p.m. for roughly 14:58 minutes of possible sunshine. However, we’ve enjoyed roughly the same amount of possible sunshine since June 16. The amount of available sunshine stays the same until about June 23.

Oh, by the way, the sun actually sets at 8:31 p.m. on July 1, making that day the day when the sun sets the latest during the year.

But that day is not the longest day, by a long shot.

The longest day of the year is the day when we set our clocks back one hour, giving us 25 hours of time.

Summer solstice: closest to the sun?

Actually, no.

The summer solstice is when the axis of the earth is pointed must forward toward the sun, according to NASA. Actually, the Earth is at its furthest from the sun during the summer solstice.

Summer solstice: balancing an egg on the summer solstice

According to ABC News, you are not any more likely or unlikely to be able to balance an egg during the summer solstice.

A helpful hint: carefully shake the egg the break of the yolk. Set the egg back in the egg carton to let the yolk settle. Then take it out and – presto – it will balance on a table top.

Summer solstice: Hottest day of the year?

Well the summer solstice isn’t the hottest day of the year, either. Even though the northern hemisphere enjoys the greatest amount of available sunlight, the warmest weather will not occur for another two months.

That is because it takes the ground and water the extra amount of time to soak in the sun’s heat and shake off the frigid effects of winter.

Summer Solstice: Earliest sunrise.

If you can’t wait for the sun to rise where you live, check out this 24-hour video and the iceberg in the bay from St. Johns, Canada: St. Johns 24-hour video

Summer Solstice: no sunrise, no sunset

For 24 hours of sunlight, check out this 24-hour loop from the North Pole, Alaska:

North Pole 24-hour video


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