Watch the stunning 2022 summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge as the planets enter a rare alignment

Right now at 09:13 UTC (5:13 a.m. EDT) the solar was immediately over the Tropic of Most cancers within the northern hemisphere.

This imaginary circle of latitude at 23.5°N that runs by Mexico, North Africa, and India is as far north because the solar and seems to shine within the northern hemisphere – the summer time solstice!

The longest day of the 12 months and first day of meteorological summer time within the Northern Hemisphere, an event made well-known by the early risers of Stonehenge in Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, UK, the place the occasion is named Midsummer Eve.

The 5,000-year-old Neolithic monument is known for its midsummer dawn. About 6,000 individuals celebrated on the well-known memorial to witness the dawn for the primary time for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition they obtained a reward within the type of a uncommon planetary alignment. Within the east earlier than dawn, a first-quarter moon brightened close to Jupiter whereas all 5 planets within the photo voltaic system had been seen to the bare eye.

From east to south, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn may very well be seen lined up based on their distance from the solar. The moon was between Jupiter and Saturn.

Earlier than dawn on Friday, June 24, 2022 is the final likelihood to see the 5 planets with the bare eye shining collectively till the 12 months 2041. Mercury will once more be lowest and closest to the jap horizon, adopted by Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn throughout 107º from the sky. There can even be a 19% waning crescent moon between Venus and Mars.

The longest day and shortest night time of the 12 months within the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice is when the Earth’s northern axis tilts towards the Solar, which lies immediately above the Tropic of Most cancers. It is the northernmost level the place the solar reaches in any given 12 months, so there’s probably the most daylight — and due to this fact the longest day — within the northern hemisphere.

The precise reverse occurs within the Southern Hemisphere, the place the June solstice sees the solar at its lowest level within the sky. So under the equator is the start of winter. Within the Northern Hemisphere, the times will now get shorter and the nights longer, whereas within the Southern Hemisphere the times will get longer and the nights shorter.

I want you a transparent sky and large eyes.