Whether you’re in the northern part of the earth’s hemisphere getting ready for swimsuit season or the southern part, where you’re cozying up with layers, today’s Google Doodle by guest artist Christoph Niemann has something for everyone in celebration of the summer and winter solstice.
The solstice marks the first day of summer or winter, depending on where in the world you live, and is also either the longest day or the shortest day of the year. After today’s summer solstice, the days get shorter as we move toward the fall.
Here’s what those of us up north are seeing on the first day of summer:
And here’s the Doodle our friends are seeing down south on the first day of winter:
Niemann, the artist behind the Doodle, is also known for his mobile app, “Petting Zoo,” where various animated animals react to a user’s touch on the screen. Here’s a peek into how the app works.
Google has celebrated the arrival of summer and winter in prior years, most recently in 2011 with the assistance of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.