Thousands watch the sun rise over Stonehenge to mark summer solstice

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

It's easy to forget that the first day of summer 2018 is actually a cosmic event.

What are summer solstice greetings?

PAGASA said this is the time when the sun attains its greatest declination of +23.5 degrees and passes directly overhead at noon at latitude 23.5 degrees north, which is known as the Tropic of Cancer.

Every year, revellers and druids flock to Stonehenge in Wiltshire to celebrate the summer solstice - and this June was no different.

What is the summer solstice?

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!

At its winter solstice, the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, so it gets less sunlight and the sun takes a shorter path through the sky.

The summer solstice, for the northern hemisphere, is when the sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky. "If you live north of the equator, today you'll enjoy the most amount of sunlight in a single day that you'll have all year", the company said previously. And contrary to what some may think, the Earth is actually furthest from the sun in its orbit during the Northern Hemisphere's summer season.

The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. Residents of places like Australia will experience the year's shortest day (and the start of winter).

In the United Kingdom, the Stonehenge monument - an UNESCO World Heritage Site - will be open to visitors.

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