Summer solstice occurs today at 13:09HST. Today the Sun will occupy the most northerly position in the sky of the year. The term solstice comes from the latin terms Sol (the Sun) and sistere (to stand still). On this day the Sun seems to stand still as it stops moving northwards each day and begins move to the south. This is the first day of summer as marked by many cultures in the northern hemisphere.
Note: Astronomical event times and dates are calculated for the island of Hawai‘i at UTC-10 unless otherwise noted. The times shown should be applicable for much of the central Pacific region. For other locations you should consult a local reference or planetarium software.