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Solstice at 10:51 Universal Time on June 21

Earth as seen from the sun at the time of the summer solstice on June 21, 2014.

Tonight for June 21, 2014

Planet Earth, from the vantage point of the sun, at the instant of the June 2014 solstice: Image credit: Earth and Moon Viewer

Planet Earth, from the vantage point of the sun, at the instant of the June 2014 solstice: Image credit: Earth and Moon Viewer

Happy June solstice, everyone! If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice is your signal to celebrate summer. The solstice takes place place on June 21, 2014 at 10:51 Universal Time. That’s 5:51 a.m. CDT in North America on June 21. See on the globe of Earth at right or the worldwide map below? Notice that it is sunrise in North America and close to sunset at the Asian Pacific Coast at the instant of this solstice. This solstice happens at high noon at northern Africa, with the sun at zenith – or straight overhead – in far southern Libya, near the Chad-Libyan border.

The solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth. To find the time of the solstice in your location, you have to translate to your time zone. Check out the links below to learn more about this 2014 June solstice.

Everything you need to know: June solstice 2014

Watching solstices and equinoxes from space

June solstice 2014 brings northernmost sun

It’s summer. What’s noon to you?

A Chinese perspective on summer

Why the hottest weather isn’t on the longest day

Day and night sides of Earth at instant of June 2014 solstice

Day and night sides of Earth at the instant of the June solstice (2014 June 21 at 10:51 Universal Time). Image credit: Earth and Moon Viewer

Day and night sides of Earth at the instant of the June solstice (2014 June 21 at 10:51 Universal Time). Image credit: Earth and Moon Viewer

Bottom line: The 2014 June or summer solstice takes place on June 21, 2014 at 10:51 Universal Time (5:51 a.m. CDT). This solstice – which marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere – marks the sun’s most northerly point in Earth’s sky. It’s an event celebrated by people throughout the ages.

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