Summer Solstice and the solar eclipse will take place this weekend.
There may be an order to keep Stonehenge to be off-limits, due to the threat of coronavirus, but…
everyone is invited to see the livestreaming to witness the sunrise over the Stonehenge, which signifies the beginning of Summer Solstice.
And yes, it’s free!
It’s a tradition when thousands of people flock to the ancient site annually to mark the longest day of the year.
According to CTVnews, there are numerous theories about the purpose of Stonehenge. The design of the mysterious ring of standing stones, some of which are 30 feet high, serve as evidence of the dawn of astronomy.
English Heritage, the organization which manages the site in Wiltshire, southwestern England, had closed the site since March 18th.
The cancellation was announced through social media last month. English Heritage said: “For everyone’s safety and well-being, we’ve had to cancel this year’s summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge. We know how special this occasion is to so many of you, and we’ll be live streaming it for free online.”
What About The Solar Eclipse?
The annular solar eclipse on Sunday will only be seen by stargazers in the Eastern Hemisphere, said CNN.
This eclipse is characterized by its “ring of fire” since edges of the sun can be seen around the moon.
“But a total eclipse does not happen, that is the moon does not completely block out the visible disk of the sun because the moon is farther away and so its apparent size in the sky is [slightly] smaller than the sun. This means that a tiny ring of the annulus of the solar disk is visible around the moon,” he added.
Alex Young, associate director for science in the heliophysics science division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said:
“Annular eclipses are similar to total eclipses in that the moon, Earth, and sun are aligned so that the moon moves directly in front of the Sun as viewed from Earth.”
Click here to learn more about the Summer Solstice.