Published On: Fri, Jun 21st, 2019

Longest day of the year 2019: What date is the longest day of the year?

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Countries in the northern hemisphere will celebrate the Summer Solstice today. The summer solstice or midsummer is the longest day of the year. Nations in the northern hemisphere will enjoy extended hours of daylight because of the position of the sun.

When is the shortest night of 2019?

As tomorrow has the longest Northern Hemisphere daylight hours of 2019, it also means it has the shortest night.

The summer solstice is also known as midsummer and happens when one of the Earth’s poles reaches its maximum tilt toward the Sun.

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Both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere’s have their own summer solstice once a year.

The precise time of tomorrow’s Northern Hemisphere summer solstice 2019 is at 4.54pm.

There will be 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight in the UK tomorrow.

The sun will rise at 4.43am and not set until 9.21pm.

The Northern Hemisphere enjoys extended daylight hours tomorrow because the sun will reach its highest in the northern sky, directly over the Tropic of Cancer.

The Southern Hemisphere, on the other hand, will have its shortest day of the year, with more hours of darkness.

Although tomorrow marks the astrological start of summer, the meteorological year is defined differently.

According to the meteorological calendar, summer began on June 1 and will end on August 31.

Summer Solstice celebrations

The solstice is an important time of year for pagans who celebrate it with rituals.

Pagans believe the solstice signifies rebirth and celebrate the power of the sun as it reaches its highest point in the sky.

Thousands of revellers will flock to Stonehenge, Wiltshire to mark the summer solstice.

The ancient stone circle becomes a gathering point for those who wish to watch the sunset on Midsummer Day.

Although Stonehenge’s exact purpose remains a mystery, the site is thought to have once been an ancient temple aligned with the Sun’s movements.

Other theories as to its role include an astronomical calculator for predicting eclipses and solar events and a place where ancestors were worshipped and a centre of healing.

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