The reverse is true in the Southern Hemisphere, where June 21 marks the start of winter.
How Does Summer Solstice Work?
On the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle, and rays of sunlight are channelled into the centre of the monument.
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What is the summer solstice?
About 9,500 people were at the Neolithic monument to greet the start of the longest day of the year, according to Wiltshire Police. If you're in Manhattan, you could then visit Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga, a day of free yoga classes to celebrate the longest day of the year and the beginning of the summer season.
It is believed that solstices have been celebrated at Stonehenge for thousands of years.
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. 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's angle relative to Earth's equator changes so gradually close to the solstices that, without instruments, the shift is hard to perceive for about 10 days.