Lockdown measures will make it difficult for the usual Stonehenge attendees to celebrate the summer solstice from their favourite monument, but Express.co.uk has you covered. Organisers have banned attendees from Stonehenge due to the current climate, but for the first time a live feed has been established.
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This year was to mark the 20th anniversary of peaceful gatherings at Stonehenge, but with that proving too difficult at the moment, the English Heritage has established a live stream of the solstice.
The English Heritage said: “For everyone’s safety and wellbeing, we’ve had to cancel this year’s summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge.
“Please don’t travel to Stonehenge for Summer Solstice: we know how special this occasion is to so many of you, and we’ll be live streaming both sunset on 20 June and sunrise on 21 June across English Heritage’s social media channels for free.”
Nichola Tasker, English Heritage’s Stonehenge director, said: “We really hope that people will celebrate this midsummer day at home. We’ve provided a livestream which will show both the sunset on Saturday evening and the sunrise on Sunday morning.
“We realise that people are disappointed they can’t come to Stonehenge at this special time but hope it will be a really wonderful way for them to still connect with the site.”
The English Heritage will kick off their live stream of the event – which will be broadcast via their social media pages and embedded here – at 8.21 PM.
However, the actual solstice, which marks the official first day of summer, will not take place until 22.43 BST.
The Royal Greenwich Observatory said: “The summer solstice is often referred to as the longest day of the year.
“On this day, the number of hours of daylight are at their maximum, while the number of hours of night are at their minimum.
“However, while most people consider the summer solstice to be a day, it is in reality an exact moment in time that falls upon that day.
“The summer solstice occurs in June in the Northern Hemisphere and marks midsummer: the longest day and shortest night.
“Our Earth rotates on its axis once each day, producing the cycle of day and night.
“At the same time, the Earth moves around the Sun on its orbit over the course of a year. However, the axis of rotation of the Earth is not lined up with the axis of motion around the Sun.
“Instead, it is tilted slightly at 23.44°. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘ecliptic’.
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“This tilt means that during one half of the year the North side of the Earth is tilted slightly towards the Sun and the South is tilted away. For the other half of the year the reverse is true.
“At the exact moment that the northern hemisphere is most tilted towards the Sun, the northern hemisphere experiences its summer solstice while the southern hemisphere has its winter solstice.
“About six months later, the northern hemisphere has its winter solstice while the southern hemisphere is at its summer solstice.”
You can watch the celebrations of the longest day of the year HERE.
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