Tourists can’t experience next month’s summer solstice at Stonehenge in person, but in 2020, more people will be able to view the event than ever before. As Matador Network reports, the English Heritage organization will livestream the spectacle for the first time in the ancient landmark’s history.
The first day of summer is a very important occasion at Stonehenge. When the Sun appears over the horizon on the solstice, it appears to line up perfectly with the massive stone structure. This has led some to believe that Stonehenge played an important role in druid solstice celebrations when it was erected between 3500 and 5000 years ago
SUNSET SAT 20 JUNE
21:26 BST (20:26 GMT)
SUNRISE SAT 21 JUNE
04:52 BST (03:52 GMT)
Gathering at Stonehenge to witness the midsummer sun rising behind the ancient site’s Heel Stone is still an option for this year – albeit virtually rather than in person. The spiritual significance of celebrating the solstice by the ancient stones, particularly to pagans and druids, means up to 30,000 visitors usually flock to the site in June, but it has been closed since 18 March and will remain so until 4 July. which will stream the sunset on 20 June (9.26pm BST) and the sunrise on 21 June (4.52am BST). Each stream will last around 30 minutes and can also be accessed after the live event