When exactly is the first day of summer?

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It is an important phenomenon as it is an indicator of climatic changes and helps validate astronomical calculations, according to a statement by QCH director Dr Mohamed al-Ansari and noted astronomer Dr Beshir Marzouk.

It was the Greek astronomer Eratosthenes of Cyrene who first calculated the Earth's circumference based on the sun's alignment on the solstice, as author and Guardian columnist Dr. Stuart Clark points out.

It's officially summer in the Quad Cities as the summer solstice is set to occur June 20th, 2017 at 11:24pm for the Central Time Zone. As the date of the solstice approaches, the days get longer by smaller and smaller increments.

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It's also the longest day of the year, which outdoor enthusiasts are usually happy about because it gives them extra time to enjoy an early morning run or a late night boat ride - or doing whatever they normally enjoy doing during the daylight hours.

Likewise, the downhill journey to shorter days happens at a slow rate through July, then accelerates to a loss of about 2 minutes of light per day in September. By the winter solstice on December 21, the nights in Richmond will be longer by 5 hours and 11 minutes.

You may have seen "Happy First Day of Summer" posts popping up on your social media sites, but if you're questioning the timing of the posts, you may not be alone. "Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: "[This is] when the sun is the farthest from the equator.

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The summer solstice is caused by Earth's tilt on its axis and its orbit around the sun. This year, that occurs at 12:24 a.m. ET Wednesday. So while most parts of Texas will get about 14 or 14.5 hours of sunlight Tuesday for the summer solstice, Boston will get 15 to 15.5 hours of daylight.

Visit the beach - You can do as much or as little as you like at the beach.

Now, you're probably wondering, what is solstice exactly?

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On this day, the sun does not go down in the Arctic Circle.

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