Today is the First Day of Summer!

Woohoo!

Summer is officially here! It’s time for popsicles, icecream, and building sandcastles on the beach. So much fun to be had in the hot days ahead.

Do you know what else is fun? These sizzling facts about this special season.

Check it out!

Did You Know?

Summer begins on the Summer Solstice which occurs on or around June 20th or June animated-sun-image-006822nd (but we always celebrate it on the 21st of June).

The Summer Solstice is when the Earth’s axis is tilted toward the sun (in Winter the Earth’s axis is tilted away from the sun). This is also the longest day of the year or when we have the most daylight!

The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words sol meaning “sun” and sistere meaning “to stand still.”

When it’s summer here, it is winter in other parts of the world like Australia.

The Eiffel Tower in France can grow up to 6 inches during the Summer! This is because it is made out of the metal iron. The heat from the hot summer days causes the iron to expand making the tower streeeeetch!

animated-midget-image-0012Do you know who else loves the summer months? Mosquitoes! These biting insects have been around for over 30 million years! Learn more about mosquitoes here.

What do you like to do in the summer? Tell us in the comments section!

Categories: Nature

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