Today marks that day of the year when the North Pole is tilted farthest towards the Sun. Consequently, the Sun reaches farthest north of the equator. Although we mark the occasion by greeting the sunrise, the actual time of the Solstice is at 2:24 PM. The word solstice means ‘sun stands still’. So for a few days around June, 21 the Sun will appear to rise and set at exactly the same places. During the days the Sun will appear at its highest, around 62 degrees at noon.
Many ancient civilisations marked the Summer Solstice, seeing it as a time to celebrate the forces which controlled the natural cycle of life, death and rebirth. From Stonehenge to Peru and from China to Egypt, ancient civilisations erected structures to mark these important events. Even today hundreds of people will be marking the event by visiting Stonehenge and watching the Sun rise over the Stone Circle. The Sun rises over the monument at around 4:58 am.
MAY THE SUNSHINE FOR YOU TODAY