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Posted on Jun 21st, 2010
Today marks the first day of summer. Some refer to it as the longest day of the year and yet others call it the "Summer Solstice". So what makes this day so special?
In the summer, days feel longer because the Sun rises earlier in the morning and sets later at night. When the North Pole of the Earth is tilted toward the Sun, we in the northern hemisphere receive more sunlight and its summer.
The day that the Earth's North Pole is tilted closest to the sun is called the summer solstice. This is the longest day (most daylight hours) of the year for people living in the northern hemisphere. It is also the day that the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky.