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This Saturday, June 20th, is the summer solstice, and you and your students can mark this astronomically significant annual occasion with a live broadcast of sunset and sunrise from Stonehenge, the ancient astronomical landmark in southern England.
There will be two streams available on Facebook, and both are linked below. Check them carefully for your local times. The sunset show will take place about 3:40 p.m. Eastern U.S. time on Saturday the 20th. The sunrise show will take place about 11:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time, also on Saturday the 20th (which will be early on the morning of Sunday the 21st at Stonehenge). Notice how short the night-time interval is on this “longest day” of the year: only about seven hours at the high latitude of Stonehenge.
Stonehenge usually draws large crowds of visitors each year for the summer solstice, but this year the entire site is closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. That may permit the film crew to get especially good views this year — we shall see.
What celestial sights and astronomical alignments will you be examining in your homeschool this Hercules Term? 🔭
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