Summer solstice Stonehenge live stream: How to celebrate the solstice online
Every year, thousands of visitors gather at the neolithic Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England, to celebrate the first sunrise of the Northern Hemisphere summer. However, this year’s event has been canceled; Stonehenge is currently closed due to Covid-19. While this news is disappointing, there’s good news: For the first time, English Heritage – which has provided access to the event since 2000 – will instead stream the solstice event online.
But if you’re looking for round-the-clock daylight, you’d have to head toward the Arctic Circle, where the sun continuously circles through the sky all day (though from a low angle, which is why places like Alaska and northern Canada aren’t what most of us would consider warm and summery, despite all the sunlight they get during this time of year).
WHEN IS THE SUMMER SOLSTICE?
In 2020, the June solstice is Saturday, June 20, at 5:44 P.M. EDT. This date marks the official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring when Earth arrives at the point in its orbit where the North Pole is at its maximum tilt (about 23.5 degrees) toward the Sun, resulting in the longest day and shortest night of the calendar year. (By longest “day,” we mean the longest period of sunlight.) At the June solstice, the Northern Hemisphere receives sunlight at the most direct angle of the year.
|Year||Summer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere)|
|2020||Saturday, June 20 at 5:44 P.M. EDT|
|2021||Sunday, June 20 at 11:32 P.M. EDT|
|2022||Tuesday, June 21 at 5:14 A.M. EDT|
|2023||Wednesday, June 21 at 10:58 A.M. EDT|
Note: In the Southern Hemisphere, the June solstice marks the beginning of winter.