In the Northern Hemisphere, summer begins on June 20, 2012.
This first day of summer is called Summer Solstice.
Sol + stice comes from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.
As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in
the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their
longest summer day in December!
What are your favorite activities during summer?
Do you have any special summer plans?
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