1st Strawberry Moon in 70 Years for Summer Solstice

Today is the annual summer solstice, and for the first time in 70 years, it will be marked with a Strawberry Moon.

Named for the height of strawberry picking season, the moon will be full and shaded a dusky red shade.

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year featuring more hours of sunshine than any other day of the year and is also typically the official start of summer. This year is especially noteworthy because of the first Strawberry Moon since 1948.

A story from FOX 6 Now notes that the moon tonight will be the star of the show in the sky all evening.

Racine County Eye residents will be able to see the moon directly overhead around 5:34 p.m., the story continues.

Summer solstice occurs when the sun’s zenith is the furthest away from the equater, and the North Pole tilts toward the sun, according to the timeanddate.com website. In the southern hemisphere, the June solstice is the shortest day of the year.

In the Antarctic Circle, the June solstice is marked by the complete absence of sunlight, the website continues.

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