Summer solstice: Thousands gather at Stonehenge for longest day


The reverse is true in the Southern Hemisphere, where June 21 marks the start of winter.

Qatar Calendar House said that tomorrow (June 21) will be longest day of 2018 in Qatar and all the countries of the Northern Hemisphere as the summer solstice will take place and where the sun will be perfectly perpendicular to the Cancer at 1:15pm Doha time. The sun reaches its highest elevation between June 20 and June 22 each year, with one day being the longest of the year at 17 hours.

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The summer solstice on this day will occur on the northern hemisphere, while the situation will be reversed in the southern hemisphere where the winter solstice will occur on the same day.

It's when the tilt of the Earth's axis is most inclined towards the sun on this date giving us the longest day, with the sun setting at Stonehenge at 9.27pm tonight which means we'll get more than 16 and a half hours of daylight!

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Among the rituals that take place at Stonehenge, white cloaked and hooded "modern druids" stand among the stones to welcome the first rays of the sunlight for the summer. It is believed that solstice celebrations have been held at the site for thousands of years.

The solstice is the 24-hour period during the year when the most daylight hits the Northern Hemisphere.

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How is the solstice celebrated?

. However, shortly after that, the Earth will be the closest it gets to the sun on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 12:19 a.m. These astronomical events separate the Earth's annual orbit of the sun into four distinct parts.