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Solstice at 16:38 UTC on June 21, 2015

Image at top via summer solstice wallpapers

Tonight for June 21, 2015

Planet Earth, from the vantage point of the sun, at the instant of the June 2015 solstice (2015 June 21 at 16:38 Universal Time). Image credit: Earth and Moon Viewer

Planet Earth, from the vantage point of the sun, at the instant of the June 2015 solstice (2015 June 21 at 16:38 Universal Time). Image via 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, 2015 at 16:38 Universal Time. That’s 11:38 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 noon in far-eastern North America and South America, with the sun at zenith (straight overhead) in the Caribbean Sea (about 4o north of the Dominican Republic) This solstice happens at sunset in Africa, and midnight in east Asia.

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 2015 June solstice.

Everything you need to know: June solstice 2015

Best photos: 2015’s awesome planets on solstice eve

Summer solstice as seen from Stonehenge

A Chinese perspective on summer

Watching solstices and equinoxes from space

It’s summer. What’s noon to you?

Why the hottest weather isn’t on the longest day

On Mars, the spring equinox came earlier this week

Five questions and answers about the longest day of the year, from the Capitol Weather Gang at the Washington Post

Top ten solstice celebrations around the world, from the Huffington Post

Day and night sides of Earth at instant of June 2015 solstice

Day and night sides of Earth at the instant of the June 2015 solstice (2015 June 21 at 16:38 Universal Time).

Day and night sides of Earth at the instant of the June 2015 solstice (2015 June 21 at 16:38 Universal Time).

Bottom line: The 2015 June or summer solstice takes place on June 21, 2015 at 16:38 Universal Time (11:38 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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