Google welcomes the summer solstice in new Doodle

The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. This will take place at 6:07 a.m. ET/3:07 a.m. PT.

A solstice is an astronomical event during which the sun is at its greatest northerly or southerly distance from the equator. 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.

The summer solstice is in contrast with the December winter solstice where the country experiences longer nights and shorter days.

What are summer solstice greetings?

If you stand in just the right spot you will see the sun directly above the Heel Stone, which stands just outside the circle to the north-east.

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Technically speaking, it's when the northern hemisphere of the Earth is most inclined towards the sun, and that's why we get the most daylight.

Although it's not a visual phenomenon, the summer solstice occurs in the early morning on the east coast of the U.S. That makes it possible to watch a summer solstice sunrise from anywhere with a low view to the eastern horizon. It brings the longest day and shortest night of the year for the 88 percent of Earth's people who live in the Northern Hemisphere.

How is the solstice celebrated?

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

What Are Solstices and Equinoxes?

Even that's an approximation - Earth's atmosphere bends light over the horizon by different amounts depending on weather, which can introduce changes of more than a minute to sunrise and sunset times. The sun will rise at 5:31 a.m. and set at 8:36 p.m. today.

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