PH to experience ‘summer solstice’ on June 21 — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the country will experience its longest day of the year on June 21.

The phenomenon, known as ‘summer solstice’, is the time when “the sun attains its greatest declination of +23.5 degrees and passes directly overhead at noon for all observers at latitude 23.5 degrees North, which is known as the Tropic of Cancer,” PAGASA said.

This means daytime on June 21 will last for 12 hours and 59 minutes as the sun will rise at 5:28 a.m. and will set at 6:27 p.m.

It also means that daytime will be longer than nighttime in the next three months.

‘Summer solstice’ signals the beginning of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere.

It is the opposite of ‘winter solstice’ or the time when the shortest day and longest night occur usually every 21st or 22nd of December each year.

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