Summer Solstice: 23,000 watch sun rise over Stonehenge | Bath Chronicle

There are two solstices in the year. The summer solstice for the northern hemisphere would mean winter solstice for people in the southern. Which perhaps is why it’s the longest day of the year.


In some parts of the world, the sun shines all day like in certain regions in Canada, Alaska, Finland and Sweden.

The sun rose on Sunday, June 21 at 4.52am.

This morning, tens of thousands watched the sun rise over Stonehenge just after 4am. We define the summer season as June 1 to August 31.

Through the next couple months, the atmosphere and oceans in the Northern Hemisphere will continue to absorb – and slowly release – energy from the Sunday.

At the summer solstice, Arthur leads the ceremony there, at the Heel Stone, the most northeasterly stone where the sun comes up, he said, joined by “druids and pagans and bards and bands”.

The longest day of a year called “Summer Solstice” is approaching on 21st June, 2015.

Many other modern-day hippies and pagans converged on nearby Avebury stone circle to marvel as the sun rose on the longest day of the year. It is also known as the northern solstice because it occurs when the Sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere.

Today may be the longest day of the year, but it likely won’t be the hottest.

Previous year at the Staten Island Ferry, locals and far-flung visitors were given the opportunity to celebrate worldwide SUNday with a look at the Sun. At this time of the year Grand Rapids can receive fifteen hours and twenty-one minutes of daylight. A hole on the alter lights up at sunrise on the summer solstice, York said. The earliest sunrise already happened, on June 14. It will be in the sky from 5:25 8:31 p.m. EDT.

The days will slowly grow shorter following the June solstice. In contrast, the region would experience direct sunlight for the least amount of time and hence the shortest day of the year. Accordingly, during winter solstice, they celebrated masculinity. The last one was in 1975.


Some believe that the mysterious Stonehenge might also have been erected as a place to celebrate the solstice, or a Sun temple, as its placement allows a viewer in center of the structure to capture the sun standing still in its entirety through one of its gateways.