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Happy, summer solstice 2020! Google Doodle celebrates Earth's changing seasons

Google celebrated the summer solstice of June 20, 2020 for the Northern Hemisphere (and winter in the Southern Hemisphere) with fun Google Doodles.  (Image credit: Google)

It's official: Summer is here for Earth's Northern Hemisphere while winter arrives in the south and Google is celebrating with artful style. 

Google has unveiled two doodles to mark the 2020 June solstice, one for summer as it begins in the north today (June 20) and another for winter, which begins in the Southern Hemisphere. It also marks the day with the most daylight hours in the north, and the fewest in south.

Related: Stunning summer solstice photos (gallery) 

The summer solstice is a moment when the sun reaches its farthest point north of the celestial equator in the sky. That will happen at 5:43:32 p.m. EDT (21:43:32 GMT), when the sun will reach a point directly overhead of the Tropic of Cancer (latitude 23.5 degrees north) in the central Pacific Ocean, 817 miles (1,314 kilometers) east-northeast from Honolulu.

Google's summer solstice doodle features an intrepid flamingo soaring through a sunny sky in an hot air balloon.

Google celebrated the winter solstice of June 20, 2020 for the Southern Hemisphere with this Google Doodle.  (Image credit: Google)

While the solstice heralds hotter days for Earth's northern regions, it marks the shift from fall to winter (and longer nights) in the Southern Hemisphere. Google's doodle for the event featured a snowy night as a penguin sight-sees in a balloon.

So wherever you may be, have a happy summer (or winter) solstice for 2020!

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