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Manhattanhenge gets its name from the ancient British landmark Stonehenge, which was built to align with the sun during solstices.
Previous work by our team and others throughout Peru unequivocally indicates that the pre-Columbian peoples of the Andes used the solstices to mark important events.
The event was originally set for June 21 — the actual summer solstice — but thunderstorms postponed it.
According to historians, the Incas believed each year’s winter solstice marked the rebirth of a sun god who watched them from above and ruled over whether crops withered or grew in abundance.
Sometimes the Strawberry Moon occurs on the summer solstice, but that, too, is rare.
And things are looking up for offshore anglers as the summer solstice heralds the arrival of true summer and with it better fishing prospects.
Here are some quick facts about the solstice for those who love summer and those who just want to hide in a cool basement.
The summer season officially kicks off on Thursday, thanks to the summer solstice.
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Did You Know?
In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs on June 21 or 22 and the winter solstice on December 21 or 22. In the Southern Hemisphere, where the seasons are reversed, the solstices are exactly the opposite. For several days around the time of the solstices, the sun's appearance on the horizon at sunrise and sunset seems to occur at the same spot, before it starts drifting to the north or south again. Solstice gets its shine from sol, the Latin word for "sun." The ancients added sol to -stit- ("standing") and came up with solstitium. Middle English speakers shortened solstitium to solstice in the 13th century.
SOLSTICE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solstice for English Language Learners
: one of the two times during the year when the sun is farthest north or south of the equator
SOLSTICE Defined for Kids
Definition of solstice for Students
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