The Solstice

  • People gather at the megalithic observatory of Kokino, Macedonia, to celebrate the winter solstice on June 21, 2013. The ancient astronomic observatory dates back to more than 4,000 years ago. AFP PHOTO/ROBERT ATANASOVSKI/AFP/Getty Images
  • People take part in a group yoga practice on the morning of the summer solstice in New York's Times Square, June 21, 2013. The "Solstice in Times Square" event brought out thousands of participants to celebrate the year's longest day in New York. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
  • An Aymara priest participates in a ritual at sunrise to celebrate the Aymara New Year on June 21, 2013, at the Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia. Crowds gathered to receive the first rays of Tata Inti during the celebration of the winter solstice that marks the beginning of the 5521st year in the Aymara calendar. AFP/PHOTO/Aizar RALDES /AFP/Getty Images
  • Thousands gathered at the ancient Stonehenge monument in England to celebrate the summer solstice. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
  • People raise their hands during a ritual at sunrise to celebrate the Aymara New Year on June 21, 2013, at the Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia. A crowd gathered to receive the first rays of Tata Inti (god Sun) during the celebration of the winter solstice that marks the beginning of the 5521st year in the Aymara calendar. AFP/PHOTO/Aizar RALDES/AFP/Getty Images
  • People take part in a group yoga practice on the morning of the summer solstice in New York's Times Square. The "Solstice in Times Square" drew thousands to celebrate the year's longest day. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
  • Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at the ancient Stonehenge monument on Salisbury Plain in southern England, June 21, 2013. Stonehenge is a celebrated venue of festivities during the summer solstice - the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere - and it attracts thousands of revellers, spiritualists and tourists. Druids, a pagan religious order dating back to Celtic Britain, believe Stonehenge was a center of spiritualism more than 2,000 years ago.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
  • Kielder Observatory, in England, is situated in the remote Kielder forest in the heart of Northumberland. It is a center to promote the science of astronomy and physics to the public. The Solstice event was held to allow visitors to view the sunrise safely using solar viewing glasses and powerful solar telescopes. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
  • Crowds gather to celebrate the summer solstice at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2013, near Amesbury, England. Despite cloudy skies, thousands gathered at the 5,000 year old stone circle in Wiltshire to see the sunrise at the dawn of summer solstice. The solstice sunrise marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
  • A girl takes photos of the Kokino megalithic observatory during the summer solstice celebration in Kumanovo, Macedonia, on June 21, 2013. The 3,800 year-old observatory was discovered in 2001 and , according to NASA, is ranked as the fourth oldest observatory in the world after Egypt's Abu Simbel, Britain's Stonehenge and Cambodia's Angkor Wat.  REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski
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