UK Today News: June 21 Welcomes The First Day of Summer 2010 – Today Is the 2010 Summer Solstice
First Day of Summer 2010: The Summer solstice 2010 falls on June 21 and commemorates the first day of summer for this year. The word “Solstice” is a Latin word, where Sol means sun, and stice means to stand still. It is officially the longest day of the summer and also of the year 2010.
June 21 will see the sun shining for the most number of hours than any other day. On the summer solstice, the North Pole comes closer to the sun than any other normal day. After the summer solstice, the days start becoming shorter.
Reports say that in Stonehenge, England more than 15,000 revelers came out to celebrate the longest day. Stonehenge was as a centre of spiritualism by Druids some 2000 years ago.
The Interesting part is that the summer solstice mostly occurs on the same date. In 2008 it occurred on 20th of June. This happens because a human calendar varies with astronomical calendar .The astronomical year is of 365.25 days. Leap year also alter the date.
One misconceived notion about this summer solstice is that it is also the hottest day, which is not always true. For the people in southern hemisphere, it is going to be there longest winter day.