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Summer Solstice 2022 celebrated on Earth and in space (photo)

Today (June 21) people around the world celebrated the summer solstice, as did some satellites in space.

During the June solstice (or summer solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun reaches its highest and northernmost point in the sky, providing the maximum number of daylight hours. The southern hemisphere gets the opposite effect with the onset of winter.

Solstice watchers at Stonehenge (will open in a new tab)a monument built thousands of years ago, perhaps to track the events of the solstice, was among people around the world celebrating the arrival of summer at 5:14 AM EST (09:14 GMT), as you can see in the picture above.

From space, the Meteosat satellite of the European Space Agency photographed our planet a few hours before the official moment of the solstice. Meteosat monitors the Earth’s weather, climate and environment from space.

Related: The brightest planets in the June night sky: how to see them (and when)

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Skywatchers around the world also took a few minutes to reflect on the sun, its place in our universe, and the importance of the solstice in their own lives. Some gathered at large monuments to celebrate, while others had more personal moments, such as going out to sea alone to watch the rising sun.

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In June, the northern half of the Earth is tilted towards the Sun, and the northern hemisphere receives the most direct angle of sunlight at the solstice.

To find out how many hours of daylight you get on the solstice, you can use the Farm Almanac Sunrise and Sunset Calculator. (will open in a new tab).

If you’re looking to capture the sun for yourself using your skywatching gear, you can get some help with sungazing safely with guides like how to photograph a solar eclipse safely. Our guides to the best cameras for astrophotography and the best lenses for astrophotography can also help you find the camera you need to take your own shots.

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