Google celebrates longest day of the year with its Summer Solstice Doodle

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and on this day the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, at its highest point. It occurs every year between June 20 and June 22.

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Published on 21 Jun 2019 5:07 AM GMT

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Lucknow: Google marks the longest day of the year and the beginning of the season of vacation days with an interesting earth Doodle. The day will be around 14 hours long on Friday, with sun rise at 5:13 a.m. and Sun set at 7:03 p.m.

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and on this day the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, at its highest point. It occurs every year between June 20 and June 22.

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Interestingly, the Summer solstice happens due to Earth's orbiting around the sun on its tilted axis. As between March and September, Earth’s Northern Hemisphere gets more exposure to direct sunlight due to its positioning on its axis, the days between June 20- 22 of any given year gets "maximum” sunlight.

On the contrary, the Southern Hemisphere reaches "peak" sunlight between December 21-23 and the Northern hits peak darkness — that’s our winter solstice.

Some researchers do believe that some 5,000 years ago ( around 2500 B.C.) people build the famous 'Stonehenge' to mark solstices and equinoxes. As during the summer solstice, the sun rises just over the structure’s Heel Stone and hits the Altar Stone dead center.

Google celebrates longest day of the year with its Summer Solstice Doodle

To celebrate the longest day of the year, thousands of people gather at the Neolithic megalith monument, Stonehenge in the south of England.

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