Take Advantage of Summer's Longest Day

Maximize outdoor time with mobile apps.

By on June 18, 2013

The Northern Hemisphere will experience the summer solstice on June 21, bringing us the longest amount of daylight for the year. The Earth will be tilted at exactly 23° 26' putting the sun’s position directly over the Tropic of Cancer at noon and, from the Latin origins of the word solstice, its “stand still.”

Take advantage of the extra sunshine on the solstice and all summer long. You can rise with the sun and rest with the moon with the Sol: Sun Clock app. This app will countdown to the summer solstice, pin your location in relation to the sun, act as a natural alarm clock and display the amount of sunlight left in the day.

Practice sun salutations on the solstice with the free Daily Yoga app. These yoga sessions for beginners to the most advanced yogis are led by certified instructors. Stick to your fitness goals, find your inner balance and learn to breathe easier this summer.  

Or if you’re feeling a bit mystical, celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge, one of the great wonders of the world. Stonehenge is perfectly aligned with the sunrise on the summer solstice, an occurrence that is rarely seen by people visiting the monument due to the rainy nature of the season. And if you can’t be there in person, The Stonehenge Experience app, allows you to virtually witness the solstice from the center of the monument and move about as you wish. It also includes facts and theories about the site for a rainy day history lesson.

With the sun in full force, make sure to protect yourself during the longest, sun-filled days of the year with the UV Safe Timer app. Get real-time UV Index information to help you avoid over exposure and sunburns. By adjusting to your current location and weather, the app will alert you when it’s time to reapply sunscreen. Going swimming? Set your activity in the custom profile so you remember to grab your sunblock when you get out of the water.

Whether you are tracking the remaining amount of sunlight left in your day, protecting your skin from UV rays or hosting a lawn party, make sure you are taking advantage of the extra hours of daylight this summer solstice.