This year the solstice falls today at 6:34 p.m. EDT. This is the “summer” solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop). Astrologers say the sun seems to ‘stand still’ at the point on the horizon where it appears to rise and set, before moving off in the reverse direction.
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Winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight during the whole year. The word solstice comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still.” Winter this year officially begins tonight at11:48 P.M. EST. After this date, the days start getting “longer,” i.e., the amount of daylight begins to increase.