Rise and shine: Facts about the summer solstice, the longest day of the year

PEOPLE across the northern hemisphere saluted the summer solstice yesterday – the longest day of the year.

And nowhere did the day of greatest sunlight look more stunning than Rockford Common in the New Forest, Hants, pictured above.

The summer solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its highest apparent position in the sky – and the word “solstice” is from the Latin words for “sun” and “standing still”. Check out NADINE LINGE’S blazing facts about this magical day.


source: Daily Star
2018-06-22 04:50
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