The June Solstice is Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 21:44 UTC. That’s 4:44 p.m. CDT in North America on June 20. In the Northern Hemisphere, the June Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its highest and northernmost points in the sky. This event marks the start of summer in the northern half of the globe. In the Southern Hemisphere, the June Solstice marks the start of winter, when the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky. 'Solstice' (Latin: 'solstitium') means 'sun-stopping', because the point where the Sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. Ancient cultures knew that the Sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of the sunrise and sunset all shifted in a regular way throughout the year. They built monuments, such as Stonehenge, to follow the Sun’s yearly progress. Today, we know that the solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis and its motion in orbit around the Sun. It’s because Earth doesn’t orbit upright. Instead, our world is tilted on its axis by 23 1/2 degrees. Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the Sun’s light and warmth most directly. An Annular Solar Eclipse will occur on the weekend of the Solstice. Annular eclipses are very similar to Total Solar Eclipses, but instead of covering the Sun completely, the Moon only covers most of the Sun, leaving a thin, shining ring, called an “Annulus” or “Ring of Fire” around the Moon’s dark shape. Celebrate the June Solstice with a 'Ring Of Fire Eclipse' this weekend. Stay Tuned!