June 21st is the summer solstice! Learn what “solstice” means in English!

English vocabulary – Summer solstice

June 21st is the summer solstice. (In the northern hemisphere)

solstice [noun] either of the two times of the year at which the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at midday, marked by the longest and shortest days
There is a Summer solstice and a Winter solstice. (Definition from Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries .com)

During the summer solstice the Northern part of the Earth is closer to the sun.

tilt [verb] to move, or make something move, into a position with one side or end higher than the other

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. The day of the year with the most daylight (sunshine). In Tokyo 2018 the sun rose at around 4:30 am and it didn’t set (go down) until 7:00 pm! That’s more than 14 hours of daylight!

In Tokyo the sun rose at around 4:30 am

In this sentence rose is the past tense of the verb rise. Do you know the difference between raise and rise? Click here to review my blog post!

June 21st is the summer solstice. (In the northern hemisphere) Do you know what a hemisphere is?

hemisphere [noun] one half of the earth, especially the half above or below the equator
~ the northern/southern hemisphere

Hemisphere - one half of the earth, especially the half above or below the equator

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