Stonehenge summer solstice Sun alignment

How was your longest day (in terms of daylight) of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere?

The Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) bring us to a solstice twice each year when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is most inclined toward or away from the Sun.

In England, the period around this solstice is known as midsummer and Midsummer’s Day is 24 June.

If we were at the South Pole, there would be no sunlight today.

Today, the sun can be seen straight overhead along the Tropic of Cancer and the North Pole reaches its maximum annual tilt toward the sun. Areas within the Arctic Circle see the sun circle through the sky for 24 hours.

The Ancients marked today in their astronomical observations. About 20,000 people gathered at Stonehenge even though cloud cover Friday morning prevented bright sunshine at dawn even though the exact purpose of those standing stones remains unclear. Still, people have been gathering there on Salisbury Plain since it was built in three phases between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C.

More 2013 was the celebration in New York City’s Times Square which was closed was closed for the “Mind over Madness” event today that included free yoga classes all day. No count on the number of Druids who attended.

And if you are reading this in the southern hemisphere, welcome to winter!

 

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