Jun 20, 200602:39 PMThe Life
Jun 20, 2006 - 02:39 PMThe days are as long as they'll ever get. For this year, anyway.
The exact time of the solstice (5:26am PDT tomorrow, according to the US Naval Observatory) depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. This occurs every year between June 20 and 22, and signals the beginning of summer.
The word solstice comes from the Latin solstitium (sol=sun and stitium=to stop), which refers to the stopping of the Sun's northward trek in the sky.
Or southward, in winter.
You can see the full path of its journey in this analemma photograph.