June 21 is known for the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and it marks on the onset of summer. It occurs ‘s when one of the earth’s pole is maximum tilted toward the sun. This usually happens twice in a year, both at the different Hemispheres. While 21 June marks the day for Summer Solstice, 22 December marks the day for Winter Solistice.
Solstice is basically derived from a Latin word, where ‘Sol’ means ‘Sun’ and ‘Sistere’ means ‘to stand still’.
Now, this year it is something very special about the summer solstice or we might call it a coincidence. The solstice is going to coincide with the solar eclipse, also known as the Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse. We will get to see this eclipse from India and the path will start from Rajasthan around 10:12 AM.
The timing of the eclipse lies between 9:56 AM to 2:29 PM as informed by the Planetary Society, India in a press release.
The sun will disappear at noon and during that time it will be at its highest position in the sky. You can experience the eclipse you stay in Gandhi Nagar, Ujjain, Dehradun, and from other places mainly located around Tropic of Cancer, will get to witness the minor portions of it.
This day holds for the maximum duration of daylight, the sun will rise at 05:23:47 and will set at 19:21:59. This counts up to a total of 13:59:12 and people will enjoy a very long period of daylight.
The government has issued many guidelines for the general public for viewing the solar eclipse. They mentioned, not using sunglasses, goggles, lampblack, exposed X-ray sheets over a glass. These things are not considered to be safe. Also, viewing the Sun’s image on the surface of the water is also not recommended.
Talking about Summer Solstice, this day is also considered a very significant day of the year and in some cultures, they celebrate festivals on this day. Coincidently this day also clashes with International Day of Yoga, Father’s Day, and World Music Day.
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