Summer Solstice 2016
The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun. Today is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere.
In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice arrives on June 20, 6:34 P.M. EDT, marking the longest day of the year. And this year it comes with special treat for skywatchers: a Strawberry Moon.
The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time of year to gather ripening fruit. In certain parts of the world it was called “Rose Moon,” “Long Night Moon,” “Hot Moon,” or “Honey Moon,” the latter because it falls during a popular month for weddings.