Summer Solstice Heats Up Stonehenge and Ancient Pyramids [PHOTOS]

The moment of solstice occurs when the sun reaches its greatest height of the year, as seen on Earth. The summer solstice marks the event when the tilt of the planet, in the northern and southern hemisphere is most inclined towards the sun. The summer solstice usually happens between June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere and December 20 to December 23 in the southern hemisphere each calendar year.

The event is celebrated worldwide through various festivals and rituals. The Temple of Kukulkan (seen below) in the Maya city of Chichén Itzá in Mexico was built aligned to the celestial event, where during the solstice, the sun bathes the northern and eastern sides with light casting a great shadow on the western and southern fronts. Other modern creations like Carhenge (above) built out of vintage American cars instead of stone in the High Plains of Nebraska, hold celebrations for the solstice every year as well.

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Where were you during this year’s summer solstice?

Photos via National Geographic

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