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Blog | 14 June 2022

2022 celestial events to watch out for

Alanah Reid, Creative Content Producer

Barbecues, bright blue skies and warmer days are finally here.

Summer Solstice falls on Tuesday 21 June this year. It's the day we’ll get the most sunlight, and for us in the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of summer.

To celebrate Summer Solstice and the start of a new season, we’ve put together a list of celestial events for you to watch out for over the next six months.

From meteor showers to full Moons, there are plenty of opportunities for stargazing, building rockets, and learning all about Space.

Different phases of the moon with text '2022 celestial events'
The Moon goes through many phases throughout the year

Summer Solstice

Solstices and shifting solar declinations are a result of Earth’s 23.5° axial tilt as it orbits the sun.

During the year, this means that either the Northern or Southern Hemisphere is tilted toward the Sun, and receives the maximum intensity of the Sun’s rays.

Summer Solstice happens when the Earth’s axis tilts, bringing the Northern Hemisphere to its closest point towards the Sun.

The Northern Hemisphere includes all the countries that are north of the Equator line (including the UK), and the Southern Hemisphere includes all the countries that are south of the line.

This year, Summer Solstice is happening on Tuesday 21 June, and it’ll be the longest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. This means this part of the world experiences the maximum intensity of the Sun’s rays, and has the most hours of sunlight.

From this day onwards, until autumn begins, the Northern Hemisphere receives the most possible light and heat from the Sun, creating our summer season.

While the Northern Hemisphere enjoys warmer weather, the Southern Hemisphere will be braving the cold and experiencing its Winter Solstice. Our Winter Solstice takes place on Wednesday 21 December.

The sun rising in the morning over Stonehenge on Summer Solstice
The beautiful Summer Solstice sunrise over Stonehenge – one of the best places to view the sunrise on the day. Image credit: Wikimedia

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