Today the Sun reaches its northernmost point in planet Earth’s sky. Called a solstice, many cultures mark this date as a change of seasons – from spring to summer in Earth’s Northern Hemisphere and from fall to winter in Earth’s Southern Hemisphere. Precisely, the single time of solstice occurs today for some parts of the world, but tomorrow for other regions. The featured image was taken during the week of the 2008 summer solstice at Stonehenge in United Kingdom, and captures a picturesque sunrise involving fog, trees, clouds, stones placed about 4,500 years ago, and a 4.5 billion year old large glowing orb. Even given the precession of the Earth’s rotational axis over the millennia, the Sun continues to rise over Stonehenge in an astronomically significant way.
Visiting quarantined family and friends at Ullevål Hospital, Oslo, 1905 (Photo by Anders Beer Wilse).
Wooden chariot with stone wheels at Banashankari, India, showing how chariot was used to carry idols, 1855.
Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin, photo of the Eighth Congress of the Russian Communist Party, Moscow, March 1919.
One of the Buddhas of Bamiyan before and after destruction, constructed into the mountains in the 6th century AD, Afghanistan. Pictures taken in 1928 & 2006 respectively.
Mata Hari, the archetype of the seductive female spy, was a professional dancer and mistress who became a spy for France during World War I. Suspected of being a double agent, she was executed in 1917 under charges of espionage for Germany.
Nacho Libre wrestlers perform during the Lucha Vavoom “Valentines Day” show at the Mayan Theatre, California.
Acrobats Jarley Smith, Jewell Waddek, and Jimmy Kerrigan perform a balancing act on a ledge of the Empire State Building in Manhattan on August 21, 1934.
Iron Dome interceptors rise to take down Hamas Rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. Photo taken near Qiryat Gat, Israel, May 14, 2021.