Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Thousands celebrate solstice at Stonehenge

Thousands celebrate solstice at Stonehenge

On Thursday, sunrise in the Philippines was at 5:28 am, while sunset will be at 6:28 pm, giving Filipinos 13 hours of daylight.

The summer solstice happens every year between June 20 and June 22 when the sun reaches its highest elevation in the Northern Hemisphere, making it the longest day of the year with a stretch of sunlight that lasts for 17 hours.

When is the 2018 summer solstice?

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). Thousands visit to mark the solstices in summer and winter.

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One of the most well-known celebrations of summer solstice is at Stonehenge in the United Kingdom.

June 21 marks the 2018 winter solstice for people south of the equator.

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. Thousands of visitors are expected. Consequently, the northern hemisphere cools down. The winter solstice, which falls on Friday, Dec. 21 this year, is the exact opposite - when the earth's axis tilted furthest away from the sun, marking the start of winter. 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.

The sun will rise at 4.43am tomorrow and set at 9.21 again - albeit three seconds earlier than it will tonight.

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