Today is Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. This year Strawberry Moon also coincides with Summer Solstice -- once-in-lifetime occurrence. What is Strawberry Moon? What is its significance? What causes Summer Solstice? Read on to find out.
Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. It occurs every year in the late June. There are approximately 17 hours of light. The name comes from a Latin word meaning "sun stands still". It happens because the sun starts heading southwards. Days begin to shorten in the Northern Hemisphere.
It is named by Native Americans. Strawberry moon is a full moon which occurs in June in every 70 years. It marks the beginning of strawberry season.
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It occurs on different dates from year to year, between June 20 to June 22. In 2016, it falls on June 20,2016! The sun will rise at 4:45 AM and will set at 10:34 PM.
Winter Solstice falls on December 21 in the UK and between December 20 and 22 in the US.
Here's a list of solstices and equinoxes this year:
1. Vernal Equinox (Spring) March 20 2016 04:30 GMT
2. Summer Solstice (Summer) June 20, 2016 22:34 GMT
3. Autumnal Equinox (Fall) September 22, 2016 14:21 GMT
4. Winter Solstice (Winter) December 21, 2016 10:44 GMT
Happy Summer Solstice! :)