First Day Of Summer: Google Celebrates Solstice With Doodle

Dan Evon - Author

Jun. 21 2013, Updated 2:06 p.m. ET

Today is the first day of summer. You can tell by measuring the length of the day and checking your solar calendar. Or, you know, you could just go to

The search engine celebrate the summer solstice today with a clever little Google Doodle featuring five little swimmers in bathing caps.

The LA Times reports that the Google Doodle commemorating the first day of summer was created by artist Christoph Niemann.

The New York-based animator also created a “First Day Of Winter” Google Doodle for people living in the southern hemisphere.

Niemann wrote on Twitter: “My first Google Doodles are live. Happy first day of Summer (north) and Winter (south).”

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The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year. The days will start getting shorter starting this weekend until the winter solstice on December 21.

In addition to being the longest day of they year it is also, coincidentally, one of the brightest nights of the year. A Supermoon is growing in the sky and will peak this weekend.

Here’s today’s Google Doodle.

Here’s the Google Doodle for the first day of winter.

The summer solstice has been celebrated for centuries by different cultures. Today, hundreds of people still gather at Stonehenge to watch the sun rise.


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