The First Summer Solstice Full Moon in Nearly 70 Years – Happy Sunny Summer!

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June 20, 2016 was a  special day for astronomy buffs because the summer solstice and June’s strawberry moon took place on the same day for the first time since 1948.

Full strawberry moon. Anca Emanuela Teaca / Alamy


For people in the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice marks when Earth’s northern axis is tilted toward the sun, giving us  the longest days and shortest nights of the year and the official start of summer. At the same time, Earth’s southern axis points away from the sun, starting  winter for the southern part of the earth, with shorter days and longer nights.