Ask the Weather Guys: When is the summer solstice?

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The southern hemisphere celebrates the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year - on the day the northern hemisphere celebrates the summer solstice.

The summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, according to the National Weather Service.

Spring mostly behind us and summer just ahead!

The solstice is the longest day of the year because the tilt of Earth's axis is most inclined towards the sun on this date.

On the longest day of the year, Anchorage gets 22 hours of daylight.

There are two solstices each year - one in the winter and one in the summer.

Some other interesting facts about the first day of summer. "Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: "[This is] when the sun is the farthest from the equator.

Many people around the world celebrate the summer solstice with music and festivities. Using the distance from Syene to Alexandria, and the sun's position at noon on the solstice, Eratosthenes calculated that the Earth's circumference was 250,000 stadia, or approximately 44,000 kilometers. You have exactly 17 hours and 24 minutes to get those baseboards dusted, your cupboards emptied and wiped down with soap and water, your windows whipped into see-through status and your closets cleared of muddy boots and single mittens.

In 2017, this occurs Tuesday at 11:24 p.m.

You can go to Slooh.com to join and watch this live broadcast, snap and share your own photos during the event, chat with audience members and interact with the hosts, and personally control Slooh's telescopes. You don't need to fly far out into space for this, fortunately.

Be a "day tripper" - Visit a monument, a museum, a park, a wildlife preserve, zoo, or a historical site.

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