Google welcomes the summer solstice in new Doodle

Maypole dancers

Maypole dancers

Google is marking the start of summer with a new Doodle dedicated to the 2018 summer solstice.

The spectacular moment the sun begins to rise over Stonehenge this morning as Britain welcomes the longest day of the year.

The Summer Solstice 2018 occurs on Thursday, June 21, at 06:07 a.m. EST and 3:07 a.m. PST.

During the summer solstice, "the sun shines directly on the Northern Hemisphere and indirectly on the Southern Hemisphere", NASA explains.

The date varies between June 20 and 22, depending on the year and local time zone. The summer solstice in the southern hemisphere will occur on December 21, which is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.

The Philippines on Thursday will experience its shortest night and longest daytime during the summer solstice, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

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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.

The Earth has two movements: the first around its axis from west to east once every 24 hours, resulting in the succession of night and day, and the second around the sun once every 365.25 days, resulting in the succession of four astronomical seasons.

It is believed that solstices have been celebrated at Stonehenge for thousands of years.

During the solstices, Earth reaches a point where its tilt is at the greatest angle to the plane of its orbit, causing one hemisphere to receive more daylight than the other.

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