Celebrating the solstice—a global holiday

Our blue planet has many extremes. From Mount Everest to the Mariana Trench, our globe has highs, lows, and everything in between. But extremes don’t just exist on Earth; they extend beyond Earth’s surface and into space!

Read on to learn more about the June Solstice and a chance at a unique souvenir.

On June 21, 2023, the Northern Hemisphere will experience the height of summer and the “longest” day of the year! The very same day will bring the depth of winter to the Southern Hemisphere and the “shortest” day of the year.

Each year, we experience different seasons. But why? What causes the bone-chilling winters and boiling-hot summers that we can predict with relative accuracy? In short, it’s all up to a force known as axial tilt.

Over the course of a year, different parts of the Earth receive the Sun’s most powerful rays. When the North Pole tilts toward the sun it causes summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. The opposite is also true; when the South Pole tilts toward the sun it causes winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

In celebration of the June solstice, Geocaching HQ created a souvenir for geocachers. To earn this special souvenir, geocachers must find a total of 21 geocaches, Event Caches, and/or Adventure Lab® Locations between June 18–24, 2023.

How will you celebrate the highs and lows this year?

Adam is the Adventure Lab® Support Manager at Geocaching HQ. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, you can find him laying out for a catch in ultimate frisbee, playing the baritone sax, or lacing up his boots to cache on a PNW hike.