There will be more than 14 hours and 41 minutes of daylight in Virginia today. If you’re asking yourself “how can this be?” we’ve got the answer for you: it’s the summer solstice!

What’s the summer solstice you ask? Technically speaking, it is when the North Pole is at maximum tilt toward the sun, making it appear directly overhead and putting it along its longest and highest path across the southern sky.

How much daylight you experience during the solstice depends entirely on where you live in the Northern Hemisphere. Anchorage, Alaska, for example, gets more than 22 hours of daylight. People who live south of the Equator are experiencing the shortest day of the year and the start of winter.

The summer solstice is more than just the longest day of the year – it is also the official start of summer. And to help keep your home cooler, consider this a good time to change the direction of your ceiling fans to counterclockwise if you haven’t already done so.

If you’re interested in learning more about the summer solstice, you can read these articles on Bustle and The Washington Post.

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