How People Celebrate the Start of Summer in 2019

The summer solstice sets off the official start of summer, as the Northern Hemisphere angles itself at the point in its orbit closest to the sun, causing the longest day and shortest night of the calendar year.

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The sun rises as a raptor flies by in Frankfurt, Germany on Friday, June 21, 2019, the so-called longest day on the northern hemisphere.
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Visitors celebrate summer solstice and the dawn of the longest day of the year at Stonehenge on June 21, 2019, in Amesbury, England.
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People turn to face the rising sun at Stonehenge, where crowds have gathered to celebrate the dawn of the longest day in the U.K. for 2019.
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A girl looks to the horizon as she stands on a rocky crest filled with astronomical markers at megalithic observatory Kokino on June 21, 2019, the day of the summer solstice for the northern hemisphere. Kokino is ranked by NASA as the fourth most ancient observatory in the world.
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People watch the sun rise at the Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire, where they gathered to celebrate the dawn of the longest day in the U.K. for 2019.
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People practice yoga in Times Square on June 21, 2019, during a the 17th annual "Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga," event in New York.
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A man faces the rising sun at Stonehenge, where people have gathered to celebrate the dawn of the longest day in the U.K.
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Visitors celebrate summer solstice and the dawn of the longest day of the year at Stonehenge on June 21, 2019, in Amesbury, England.
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Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at sunrise at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, on June 21, 2019. The festival, which dates back thousands of years, celebrates the longest day of the year when the sun is at its maximum elevation.
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The sun begins to rise behind the pier on the morning of the summer solstice at Saltburn beach on June 21, 2019, in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England.
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