Celebration of summer with yoga in New York City's Times Square.
Welcome to summer and the longest day of the year! We got a head start here in Phoenix, but I still enjoy the official start date to my favorite season of the year.
Here's your Markit-in-a-Minute on The First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice) 2013:
The Huffington Post shares that "while the solstice in the northern hemisphere traditionally falls on June 21 — and this year it will occur on that date at 1:04 a.m. EDT — it will begin on Thursday, June 20, for parts of the western U.S., according to the website of the Clark Planetarium. The time of the solstice depends upon your position on Earth and, as a consequence, where you are in relation to the sun."
According to NASA, the amount of incoming solar energy the Earth receives on June 21, the first day of summer, is 30 percent higher at the North Pole than at the equator.