Monday, June 20, 2016

The Strawberry Full Moon Welcomes Summer 2016

We didn't see the sunrise this morning, it rose behind a wall of trees at 5:09. Shortly before that, and on the opposite side of the sky at 4:02 AM, the Strawberry Moon, the June full moon, reached it's fullness for this lunar (moon) cycle. The full moon set shortly before 6. 
And that is how the longest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere) started today not far from Seattle!

It has been decades since the June full moon coincided with the June Solstice. 

Today, here, the day-length (as measured by hours between sunrise and sunset) was 7 hours and 40 minutes longer than the shortest day of the year (Dec. 21). The sun will set at 9:12 tonight.

Do you know how long your longest and shortest days are, and the difference between the two?
This website, Time and Date, will let you enter your location and, when you scroll a bit down the page, the month and year. If you enter June 2016 for the date the paragraph immediately below the table will discuss the difference between your longest and shortest days. If you enter December 2016 you can also look at the December Solstice (Dec. 21).

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