New Delhi: Google through its unique doodle on Friday celebrated the summer solstice 2019, that means that the populace in the northern hemisphere will soon enjoy the longest day of the year.
The word ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin word solstitium, which basically means “Sun (sol) stoppage (stitium)”. It refers to how the Sun appears to ‘stop’ or ‘pause’ in the sky on this day of the year (as well as on winter solstice).
A solstice occurs when the sun reaches its lowest or highest point in the sky during the year as a result of the Earth’s tilted axis.
This year, the summer solstice, at which point the sun will reach its highest altitude, landed on June 21.
In addition to marking the beginning of summer, the solstice also brings people out to enjoy the warm weather and celebrate the day.
June 21 is the longest ‘day’ of 2019 in Canada if by ‘day’ you mean the exact hours of sunlight you see.
Every year on the summer solstice, thousands gather at Stonehenge, the ancient monument in Wiltshire, England, to watch the Sunrise.
As half the world gears up to celebrate the arrival of summer and the longest day of the year with the summer solstice, the other half will experience the start of winter.
This year, the winter solstice will occur in the southern hemisphere on 21 June – a day Google has marked with a Google Doodle of the Earth topped with a snowman.