The astronomical start of summer is here. The sun rose at 5:44 a.m. Tuesday, and it will set at 8:37 p.m. The official moment of summer solstice — the moment when the sun is at its northernmost point — is 12:16 p.m. CDT.
Here are some resources for learning about the history and science of summer solstice:
This story from USA Today explains the specifics of summer solstice.
Do you like trivia? Here are some facts about summer solstice from msnbc.
National Geographic put together this overview of summer solstice. It also gives a glimpse into solstice history.
Part of this story explains the relationship between the solstice and climate.
Disney's Family Fun site explains a little bit of everything about the day: the science, the celebration, the history, the folklore and the modern meaning.
Here's a look at some solstice celebrations:
In England, thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge this morning to celebrate the day.
Google is celebrating the day with two solstice-related doodles, which were designed by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
Surfers have their own celebration around the time of summer solstice: International Surfing Day, which was launched seven years ago by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine.
The big solstice celebration in Poland will happen on Saturday with Wianki, an annual cultural event in Krakow.