Pagasa: 2016’s longest day
or summer solstice June 21

June 20 2016 4:09 PM

File image from Freeimages.com/ Odan Jaeger
File image from Freeimages.com/ Odan Jaeger

Get ready to experience the longest day on June 21, Tuesday, when the summer solstice occurs, according to the state-run news agency.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said this year’s solstice would occur at 6:34 a.m. of June 21.

“The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The timing of the summer solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point of the equator,” according to Almanac.com

It said the summer solstice was the day “with the most hours of sunlight during the year”.

EarthSky.org said this was due to Earth’s orbit around the sun and tilt on its axis, such that the Northern Hemisphere has its time of greatest daylight, “its longest day and shortest night.”

On the other hand, EarthSky.org said the June solstice would bring the shortest day and longest night south of the equator.

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