Summer Solstice

Post 21 June 2014 By Sally Haines In All Categories

Summer Solstice

'Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still)'.

The Summer Solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice a year when the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in its path as seen from the earth, as the planet orbits the sun. The summer solstice marks mid summer with it being the longest day of the year and the sun has reaches the highest point in the sky - this is why the day is longer.

This year, the summer solstice occurs on both 20 and 21 June, so you can start celebrating a little earlier. This is because on both days, the sun will rise at 5:01am and set at 23:26 pm. Today (21 June) the Sun is 152 million kilometres from Earth.

Stonehenge is an ancient prehistoric site and has been a place of worship and celebration at the time of Summer Solstice, parking and entry is free at the time of the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge every year, so that sun worshipers and modern day Druids can gather there.

So do what you can to celebrate this year’s Summer Solstice where it is with a BBQ or just heading somewhere to watch the sun-set this evening..

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