Stonehendge England.... Meaning of Solstice 'Solstice' (Latin: 'solstitium') means 'sun-stopping'. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it's visible in the sky for a longer period of time.
Equinox and Solstice Illustration – A solstice happens when the sun's zenith is at its furthest point from the equator. On the June solstice, it reaches its northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.4 degrees.
Everything you need to know: June solstice 2014 | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky When is the solstice where I live? It comes on June 21, 2014, 10:51 Universal Time (5:51 a.m. CDT in the United States).