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What is the summer solstice?

The summer solstice is the longest day and shortest night of the year. Solstice is Latin for "sun stands still": In the days leading up to and following the solstice, the sun's noontime elevation does not seem to change, so it looks like it is standing still. On the summer solstice, the sun makes its highest path across the sky. In the Northern Hemisphere this year, summer begins at 7:26 a.m. CDT on Wednesday.


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