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20 Things You Didn’t Know About… The Summer Solstice

by Bill Hayes

Summer officially began this year on June 21, the summer solstice. Discover magazine explains 20 Things You Didn’t Know About… The Summer Solstice.

1 Summertime, and the tiltin’ is easy. Summers are hot not because Earth is closer to the sun, but because the tilt of the Earth’s axis lets rays of sunlight hit one hemisphere more directly.

2 During the Northern Hemisphere’s summer, we’re actually farthest from the sun, receiving 7 percent less sunlight than the Southern Hemisphere does during its summer. [more]