Summer Solstice or First Day of Summer occurs this year at 1:16 p.m. EDT. This marks the time where the sun’s rays are direct overhead at 23.5 degrees north latitude or known as Tropic Cancer.
For north equator areas, June 21 is the longest daylight period and shortest night period of the year, and the noontime period will reach the maximum sun angle.
Solstice is derived word from a latin word, Sol means sun and sistere means to stand still.
Doodle made by Akashi Murakami, a founder of Hiropon Factory collective of young artists in Japan.
Read more about Summer Solstice at Wikipedia.org (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_solstice)