The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and is from the Latin word solstitium, which literally translates to "sun stands still". In Europe, countries like Denmark and Sweden hold midsummer celebrations that are meant to celebrate fertility.
The "official start" to the summer season marks the astronomical perspective of summer while meteorological seasons are often a far better representation of the weather seasonal weather patterns.
Essentially, the solstice marks the point where the sun "stops" at its highest point or lowest point in the sky before moving back in the opposite direction.
If you made a decision to take any portraits or selfies in the sun, try to avoid standing with your backs to the sun, this is known as backlighting.
As for the sunrise and sunset, it is nearly entirely dependent on time zone. The sun actually is staying above the horizon close to the north pole like in Barrow, Alaska. This year, that occurs at 12:24 a.m. ET Wednesday.
There may still not be enough hours in the day, but today (and tomorrow) will have plenty of daylight.
Things are the opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, where Wednesday is their winter solstice and longest night. By the winter solstice on December 21, the nights in Richmond will be longer by 5 hours and 11 minutes. In addition to being curved, he also theorized that the Earth must be tilted on an axis, accounting for the fact that the days grow shorter and longer based on the planet's position with the sun.
Some interesting trivia about the summer solstice: In 2013, a resident of Alberta, Canada, who lives several hundred miles south of Fairbanks - a high latitude area - took this pinhole camera photograph of the sun's path throughout the year, and shared it with the astronomy website EarthSky.
It's the longest day of the year when we get to enjoy an fantastic 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. Though I arrived before the sun would be directly overhead - as it is today - knowing that I was standing on that exact line gives this year's solstice even more meaning.
The sun rises between the stones of the ancient monument. At that moment, the sun will appear to be shining directly overhead in the Great Bahama Bank, roughly halfway between Andros Island and central Cuba (the tropic of Cancer). In the popular imagination, the beginning of summer may be marked by Memorial Day, or the last day of school or the day your favorite swimming pool opens.
It takes the land and atmosphere time to heat up, so the warmest temperatures are typically not reflected until weeks later.