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Paul Ryan Accuses Democrats Of Caring More About Open Borders Than Kids

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Rights group worried about immigrants dying in custody

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Today Is the Longest Day of the Year. Here's What to Know About the 2018 Summer Solstice

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Summer solstice 2018: Everything you need to know about the longest day of the year

Summer solstice 2018: Everything you need to know about the longest day of the yearIt may feel like summer arrived weeks ago: deckchairs are already out in parks, holidays are booked, barbecues have been fired up and – in true British fashion – we've no idea what to wear to our air-conditioned offices. But technically speaking astronomical summer didn't begin until today, when Britain enjoys the longest day of 2018. Read on below to find everything you need to know about summer, the solstice, traditions, the significance of Stonehenge – and how to celebrate it. When is the longest day of the year? In the northern hemisphere, summer solstice, or longest day of the year, takes place between June 20 and 22 each year.  This year it falls today - Thursday, June 21 - when the UK will enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. The sun rose at 4.43am and will set at 9.31pm, according to weather.com.  The crowd cheers as the sun rises through the stones on the longest day of the year. Happy #SummerSolstice! pic.twitter.com/sNhNKEGExR— English Heritage (@EnglishHeritage) June 21, 2018 The solstice officially marks the beginning of astronomical summer which ends when the autumn equinox falls on September 23. Day and night will be at almost equal length on this day, as the sun crosses the celestial equator and moves southward into the northern hemisphere. Read about how Stonehenge builders used Pythagoras' theorem 2,000 years before Greek philosopher was born What happens during the summer solstice? There are two solstices each year – one in the winter and one in the summer. The summer solstice occurs when the when the tilt of Earth's axis is most inclined towards the sun and is directly above the Tropic of Cancer. Traditionally, the summer solstice period fell between the planting and harvesting of crops, leaving people who worked the land time to relax. This is why June became the traditional month for weddings. It might seem like a day to celebrate, but it actually signals the moment the sun's path stops moving northward in the sky, and the start of days becoming steadily shorter as the slow march towards winter begins.  However, we won't notice the days becoming shorter for a while. The shortest day of the year isn't until Thursday, December 21, known as the winter solstice; it lasts for 7 hours 49 minutes and 41 seconds in Britain, which is 8 hours, 49 minutes shorter than the June solstice. Summer solstice 2018 gallery At the winter solstice, the Earth's axis is tilted furthest away from the sun directly over the Tropic of Capricorn bringing only a few hours of daylight. In the southern hemisphere the dates of the two solstices are reversed. The winter solstice occurs on the same day in June and the summer solstice the same day in December. The term 'solstice' derives from the Latin word 'solstitium', meaning 'sun standing still'. Some prefer the more teutonic term 'sunturn' to describe the event. Astrologers say the sun seems to 'stand still' at the point on the horizon where it appears to rise and set, before moving off in the reverse direction. Equinox and solstice explainer graphic Summer solstice traditions: why is Stonehenge so significant? Stonehenge in Avebury, Wiltshire is the most popular place for Pagans to celebrate the longest day because it famously aligns to the solstices. The rising sun only reaches the middle of the stones one day of the year when it shines on the central altar. Built in three phases between 3,000 B.C. and 1,600 B.C Stonehenge's exact purpose still remains a mystery. The stones were brought from very long distances – the bluestones from the Preseli Hills more than 150 miles away, and the sarsens probably from the Marlborough Downs, 19 miles to the north. Britain's most mysterious stone circles The day marks the ancient middle of summer. It has significance for pagans who have always believed that midsummer day holds a special power.  Midsummer's eve was believed to be a time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest, and when fairies were though to be at their most powerful. Night sky: how and where to see noctilucent clouds Over the centuries, the June solstice has inspired many festivals and midsummer celebrations involving bonfires, picnics, singing, watching the sun rise and Maypole dancing. Many towns and villages across Britain still mark the day.  One ritual was the lighting of fires, heralding the start of shorter days, although this doesn't really happen anymore. The idea was that flames would keep the dark away.  Revellers at the Summer Solstice Sunrise at Stonehenge, earlier today Credit:  Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph Where can I celebrate the summer solstice? Stonehenge always welcomes an influx of garland-wearing hippies, druids and curious tourists who head to the mysterious stone circles and wait for the sun to appear.  Crowds of around 20,000 greet the moment dawn breaks with a mixture of cheers and silent meditation, and the strawberry moon added extra excitement this year.  The solstice car park opened on Wednesday at 7pm ahead of the sunset at 9:26pm.  Crowds cheered the rise of the sun at Stonehenge as thousands gathered to celebrate the summer solstice. Dawn is breaking over Stonehenge at #SummerSolsticepic.twitter.com/OXyLhHcffX— English Heritage (@EnglishHeritage) June 21, 2018 Those who observed the spectacle at the neolithic Wiltshire monument were blessed with clear skies as the sun glinted over the horizon at 4.52am. The sunrise over Stonehenge this morning Credit: Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph It's slightly quieter at the Avebury stone circle, Britain's second greatest prehistoric site, about 20 miles from Stonehenge. In Penzance, the Golowan Festival celebrates the summer solstice from June 23 to 28. If you're in London, watching the sunrise from Parliament Hill will give you great views of the capital.



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'She Has at Last Found Peace.' Dutch Queen Maxima Opens Up About Sister's Suicide

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ABC News Apologizes After Huge Mistake On Chyron About Paul Manafort

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James Hansen wishes he wasn't so right about global warming

James Hansen wishes he wasn't so right about global warmingNEW YORK (AP) — James Hansen wishes he was wrong. He wasn't.



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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's Dad Finally Speaks About Missing The Royal Wedding

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Meghan Markle's dad opens up about the royal wedding in very honest interview

Meghan Markle's dad opens up about the royal wedding in very honest interviewEver since the news broke that Prince Harry was dating
Suits actress Meghan Markle, her entire family has been plunged into the media spotlight. SEE ALSO: Harry and Meghan's royal wedding gets weird with a Bad Lip Reading Her father, Thomas Markle, has perhaps felt this attention more than anyone else. In the weeks before the wedding it was reported that he had been working with a paparazzi photographer to stage photographs of himself, and in the run-up to the big day he suffered a heart attack. Two days before the royal wedding, Meghan Markle issued a statement to say he would not be attending. Well, now he's opened up about what exactly took place. In a 30 minute interview with
Good Morning Britain on Monday, Thomas spoke about a number of things — from his early conversations with Prince Harry to the way he felt watching his daughter walk down the aisle… On his conversations with Prince Harry  Thomas described Prince Harry, who he's only ever spoken to over the phone, as a "very nice man, a gentleman, and very likeable." "We've yet to see each other face to face," said Thomas. We've had interesting conversations on the phone [...] He's a smart guy." Thomas went on to say that they'd spoken about Donald Trump and Brexit in the past.  "I was complaining I didn't like Donald Trump, he said, 'Give Donald Trump a chance'," continued Thomas. "I sort of disagreed with that, but I still like Harry. That was his politics, I have my politics, so…" And did he think Prince Harry was a Trump supporter? "I would hope not now," replied Thomas. "But at the time he might have been." WORLD EXCLUSIVE: ‘Daddy, I have a new boyfriend’ – Thomas Markle talks about his daughter’s romance with Prince Harry #GMB pic.twitter.com/rzASEpEsKf — Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 18, 2018 On his decision to work with the paparazzi "This was a presentation to me to change my image, because for the last year photographs of me were always, like, derogatory," Thomas explained. "They would take pictures of my hand grabbing a beer, they'd take pictures of me getting in my car, taking the garbage out, they'd take pictures of me buying a toilet and making a big deal out of it, they'd take all kinds of pictures of me making me look negative.  "So I thought this'd be an nice way of improving my look. Well obviously that all went to hell and I feel bad about it, I apologised for it, and that's all I can do." Thomas described the decision as a mistake, and said he'd spoken to both Meghan and Harry about it after the news broke. "I spoke to them both and I apologised," he said. "Both Harry and Meghan were very forgiving about it." On the wedding Thomas explained that he was ultimately unable to attend the wedding due to his health. He told Meghan and Harry shortly before going in for heart surgery. "They were disappointed but they both said — and Meghan cried, I'm sure, she did cry — and they both said take care of yourself, we're really worried about you," he explained. "They said the important thing was that I get better." Thomas went on to say he was "honoured" that Prince Charles walked his daughter down the aisle. "I can't think of a better replacement than someone like Prince Charles," he said. "He looked very handsome, and my daughter looked beautiful with him. I was jealous, I wish I'd been there, I wish it'd been me, but thank God he was there. "[...] The unfortunate thing for me now is I'm a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history, rather than the dad walking her down the aisle. So that upsets me somewhat." WATCH: Meghan Markle is a princess (okay, duchess) now and the Internet celebrated with memes



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Ariana Grande Just Got Real About Why She's Moving So Fast With Pete Davidson

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