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Summer Solstice 6.21.13

June 21, 2013 – A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. The summer solstice occurs between June 20 and 22 when the tilt of Earth’s semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the sun. The word solstice comes from the Latin words “sol” meaning sun, and “sistere,” meaning to stand still.

Who hasn’t heard of the ancient, Neolithic structure situated in the county of Wiltshire, high on Salisbury Plain in England? Its massive stones, broken and fallen from age, have stirred the imagination for centuries. There is nothing quite like this famous prehistoric monument anywhere else in the world. Or is there?

Near the town site of Maryhill, Washington, three miles east of Maryhill Museum of Art, stands a full-scale replica built by museum founder Sam Hill.