Thousands watch the sun rise over Stonehenge to mark summer solstice

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 21, 2018

People photograph the sun as it breaks the horizon and shines through the stones at Stonehenge onto crowds of people as they celebrate the dawn of the longest day in the UK (Ben Birchall/PA Wire). The two equinoxes occur when the planet is halfway between the two solstice points, when the Earth's axis is at a sideways angle to the sun, so neither hemisphere is pointed towards or away from the sun.

Here's everything you need to know about the 2018 summer solstice, including what it means and how Stonehenge is connected to the annual event.

What is the summer solstice? If you're in Manhattan, you could then visit Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga, a day of free yoga classes to celebrate the longest day of the year and the beginning of the summer season.

The sun sets on midtown Manhattan and the Chrysler Building on the summer solstice in New York City on June 21, 2017 as seen from Weehawken, NJ.

During the summer solstice, "the sun shines directly on the Northern Hemisphere and indirectly on the Southern Hemisphere", NASA explains.

The ancient Romans and the Greeks also celebrated the solstice and the solstice would mark one month prior to the Olympic games.

When is the 2018 summer solstice? The solstice will happen at 6:07 a.m. June 21.

Stonehenge is widely believed to be a prehistoric temple built to mark the movements of the sun.

What about the Southern Hemisphere?

English Heritage opens the site up every year for the solstice, giving people a rare chance to get up close to the monument.

Everywhere north of the equator will have days longer than 12 hours on the solstice - but some will have more daylight than others.

Some theories speculate that Stonehenge was specifically created to align with the sun, according to Salisbury Stonehenge Tours.

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