The summer solstice 2023 is here! It will mark the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. The first day of summer reportedly will happen on Wednesday, June 21 at precisely 10:58am ET / 7:58am PT in the US and 3:58pm BST in the UK.
According to this report, scientists at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) say that a busy period of solar events is set to begin, with eclipses and a number of other astronomical phenomena taking place.
What is summer solstice?
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. It occurs when one of Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern).
There are some astronomical phenomena that will take place in 2023 during the summer solstice on June 21st, according to this report.
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Meanwhile, here are some precautions for you to take when spending longer time under the sun:
- Wear sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
- Dress appropriately: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers your skin. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can also protect your face and eyes.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and fluids to prevent dehydration, especially in hot weather.
- Take breaks in the shade: Try to spend some time in the shade during peak sunlight hours, which are typically from 10 am to 4 pm.
- Avoid tanning beds: Tanning beds can be just as harmful as the sun. Avoid using them.
- Be cautious with certain medications: Some medications can cause sensitivity to sunlight. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if any of your medications have this effect.
- Be mindful of reflective surfaces: Water, sand, and even snow can reflect the sun's rays and cause damage to your skin.
- Check the UV index: Check the UV index before spending extended periods of time outside and take measures to protect yourself accordingly.
Remember, even on cloudy days, the sun's harmful UV rays can still reach your skin, so it's essential to take these precautions whenever you're outside for an extended period of time.
Take care, be safe, and enjoy the first day of summer!