Summer is almost officially here.

June 21 is the meteorological start to summer

June 21st is the summer solstice or the official start of summer. On June 21st at 12:52 pm, the sun will be at its highest point above the horizon for the year – 72 degrees. The sun is never directly overhead in the continental United States. On June 21st, at its highest, the sun is directly overhead 1,242 miles south of Joliet. On June 21st we have the most “sun time” for the year. The sun is above the horizon for 15 hours and 10 minutes. On the first day of winter, the sun is above the horizon for only 9 hours and 10 minutes.

Thank you, Art Maurer, from the Trackman Planetarium at Joliet Junior College for this information.

Created by Emily Kenny on Jun 1st, 2018 @ 4:01 PM.
Updated on Jun 3rd, 2018 @ 4:37 PM.