Summer solstice 2018: The longest day in pictures

Jun 21, 2018, 17:54
Summer solstice 2018: The longest day in pictures

Summer is nearly officially here.

The summer solstice festival dates back thousands of years and is one of the most important dates in the pagan calendar. All this to mark the spot on the horizon where the sun returns each year to rest for a while before moving south again.

Marzouk added that the summer solstice comes after the spring equinox that occurred last March as the Sun's outward movement continues gradually towards the north after reaching the equator on the day of the spring equinox, gradually increasing the length of the day on the northern hemisphere until it peaks on the day of the summer solstice.

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When is the 2018 summer solstice?

It's easy to forget that the first day of summer 2018 is actually a cosmic event. So why is it hotter in summer?

What is the summer solstice?

Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. EST and continue until just after sunset.

Some think the fact that the iconic historic site Stonehenge lines up with the sun on the solstice indicates that it was built to celebrate the sun or the changing of the seasons. The summer solstice in the southern hemisphere will occur on December 21, which is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Thousands of visitors are expected.

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Crowds cheered and raised mobile phones for images as the rays flooded through the monument and announced the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The solstice is the 24-hour period during the year when the most daylight hits the Northern Hemisphere. Consequently, the northern hemisphere cools down. The reverse is true in the Southern Hemisphere, where June 21 marks the start of winter. These astronomical events separate the Earth's annual orbit of the sun into four distinct parts. The sun will rise at 5:31 a.m. and set at 8:36 p.m. today.

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