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Thousands of pagans and revelers flocked to Stonehenge on Tuesday to welcome the summer solstice of 2022, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, The Grand Canyon is hosting a star party this month and more in top stories of the day.
Summer solstice 2022: Thousands greet longest day at ancient Stonehenge monument
Thousands of pagans and revelers flocked to Stonehenge on Tuesday to welcome the summer solstice of 2022, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer. About 6,000 people gathered at the ancient monument, located in Wiltshire in southern England, to witness the sunrise at 4:49 a.m. local time, according to Wiltshire Police. It was the first time people have been allowed to gather for the solstice since 2019. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sunrise was streamed online in both 2020 and 2021.
Stonehenge was built between 5,000 and 3,500 years ago on a windswept plain in southwest England by a sun-worshipping Neolithic culture. Experts still debate its purpose, but it is aligned so that on summer solstice the sun rises behind the Heel Stone and rays of sunlight are channeled into the centre of the circle.
The Grand Canyon Is Hosting a Star Party and It’s Totally Free
The Grand Canyon is hosting a star party this month and includes free entrance to the park and out-of-this-world programming planned throughout several days. The annual party, which will take place from June 18 to June 25, officially begins at sunset with the best viewing after 9 p.m., according to the National Park Service. Visitors are encouraged to come with a red flashlight, rather than a white one as that can interfere with the viewing.
“Skies will be starry and dark until the moon rises the first night,” the NPS wrote on its website. “It rises progressively later throughout the week of the Star Party.”
Cyprus to restart sea-link with outside world after a gap of 21 yrs
After a long gap of 21 years, Cyprus has re-established regular sea-link with the rest of the world. The launch of a ferry from the port of Limassol, Cyprus, to Greece marked the occasion.
This sea-link will be beneficial for both the countries in terms of tourism and economy. Addition of modern ships on this route means more comfortable sailing experiences for the travellers. October 2001 was the last time when there was any sea-link between Cyprus and Greece. The sea ferry service will be operated by Daleena, a Cypriot-registered cruise company. The 30-hour cruise can accommodate 270 passengers and 100 cars at a time.
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