Ready for your longest day yet? PAGASA says summer solstice coming up

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 14 2017 05:12 PM | Updated as of Jun 14 2017 09:14 PM

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MANILA- Expect the longest day of the year on Wednesday, June 21 as the country experiences summer solstice, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The Philippines will experience its shortest night and longest daytime on June 21 at 12:24 p.m., PAGASA said on its website.

PAGASA said this is the time when the sun attains its greatest declination of +23.5 degrees and passes directly overhead at noon at latitude 23.5 degrees North, which is known as the Tropic of Cancer.

"This event marks the start of the apparent southward movement of the Sun in the ecliptic," the weather bureau said.

A solstice is an astronomical event during which the sun is at its greatest northerly or southerly distance from the equator.

The annual June summer solstice meanwhile is in contrast to the December winter solstice wherein the Philippines experiences longer nights and shorter days.

Around the world, summer solstice may be a cause for celebration in some tribes, or a good reason to travel to Stonehenge.