Today the Sun reaches its most northern point in the sky in the northern hemisphere and the lowest in the southern hemisphere.
Put another way, for the northern hemisphere: the June solstice is when the subsolar point or that point where the sun is perceived to be directly over head, is at the northern most latitude it will attain before due to the tilt of the Earth on its axis and is on the Tropic of Cancer (23.44 deg). After the June Solstice the Sun will day by day become lower in the northern sky until the December solstice when it rises to its lowest point of the year.
The southern hemisphere experiences the opposite, so today the Sun is at its lowest point and after today will gradually reach higher in sky until the December solstice.
The moment of the June Solstice occurred today concurrent with the publishing of this post at 16:38 UTC. US Naval Observatory.
Note: I am going by the USNO time, it’s being reported in other media the time is 16:39 UTC – see timeanddate.com
My typical June solstice tradition is to take a nice long walk at sunrise, heavy rain made me skip the walk.
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