Summer Solstice … “LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR”!!


~~June 20, 2014~~

The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of a planet’s semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the star (sun) that it orbits. Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the sun is 23° 26′. This happens twice each year, 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 a hemisphere’s summer. This is 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 December 20 and December 23 each year in the southern hemisphere and between June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere.


When on a geographic pole, the sun reaches its greatest height, the moment of solstice, it can be noon only along that longitude which at that moment lies in the direction of the sun from the pole. For other longitudes, it is not noon. Noon has either passed or has yet to come. Hence the notion of a solstice day is useful. The term is colloquially used like midsummer to refer to the day on which solstice occurs. The summer solstice day has the longest period of daylight – except in the polar regions, where daylight is continuous, from a few days to six months around the summer solstice.

Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied among cultures, but most recognize the event in some way with holidaysfestivals, and rituals around that time with themes of religion or fertility.

Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).


~~Louie Schwartzberg ~~

The Longest Day of the Year

As a cinematographer, I have spent most of my life “chasing the light” all over the world. The Summer Solstice, which occurs this weekend, holds special meaning for me. It is the one day of the year when the sun shines the longest – which, for a filmmaker, is a gift when trying to get that last shot before the sun goes down.  And truly, the last few moments of sunlight are the most magical.

The Summer Solstice occurs when the axis of the earth leans in closest to the sun. This event is revered by many cultures around the world with bonfires, music, parades, food, dancing and fireworks – all in praise of the sun.

It is also the official start of summer, so to celebrate, please enjoy a free download of my short film, Tropical Vibes, and start off your summer right — with your head in the clouds and your feet in the sand!

~~Click the link above to see his short film~~

Summer Solstice

~~Summer Solstice 2014~~

~~Uploaded June 12, 2014~~

Jeffrey Hunt

In celebration of summer!! 


We ALL are ONE!! 

7 thoughts on “Summer Solstice … “LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR”!!

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