16 Jun SUMMER SOLSTICE AT STONEHENGE, UNITED KINGDOM / CELEBRATION + TRAVEL

JUNE 20TH, 21RT OR 22ND, WE CELEBRATE… Summer solstice at Stonehenge, an ancient prehistoric site which has been a place of worship and celebration for thousands of years.


Photography + design by Sita & Nena.

 


TRAVEL NOTES

Stonehenge (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, 2 miles (3 km) west of Amesbury. It consists of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 13 feet (4.0 m) high, 7 feet (2.1 m) wide and weighing around 25 tons. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. It could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. Deposits containing human bone date from as early as 3000 BC, when the ditch and bank were first dug, and continued for at least another five hundred years. 

  • Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon. One of the most famous landmarks in the UK, Stonehenge. The site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage; the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.  Visitors are able to walk around the monument from a short distance away. English Heritage does, however, permit access during the summer and winter solstice, and the spring and autumn equinox. Additionally, visitors can make special bookings to access the stones throughout the year.

YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY…

The summer solstice (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) occurs when a planet’s rotational axis, in either northern or southern hemispheres, is most inclined toward the star that it orbits. Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23° 26′. This happens twice each year (once in each hemisphere), at which times the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or the south pole. The summer solstice occurs during a hemisphere’s summer. This is the northern solstice in the northern hemisphere and the southern solstice in the southern hemisphere. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs some time between June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere and between December 20 and December 23 each year in the southern hemisphere. The same dates in the opposite hemisphere are referred to as the winter solstice.

  • An equinox (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) is commonly regarded as the moment the plane (extended indefinitely in all directions) of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun, which occurs twice each year, around 20 March and 22-23 September. In other words, it is the point in which the center of the visible sun is directly over the equator. On the day of an equinox, daytime and nighttime are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. They are not exactly equal, however, due to the angular size of the Sun and atmospheric refraction. The word is derived from the Latin aequinoctium, from aequus (equal) and nox (genitive noctis) (night).

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