Astronomy News

Tonight’s Rare Summer Solstice, 2016

“‘…this is the first full moon to fall on the June solstice since the year 1967’ and the next time summer solstice and a full moon combination won’t happen until June 21, 2062.”

By Matt Johnson, The Systems Scientist

It’s that time of year again. It’s summer solstice, which marks the beginning of the summer season. And it’s also the longest day of the year. But this year marks an additional astronomical significance, a full moon. This is indeed a rare event.

Earthsky reported earlier today that “this is the first full moon to fall on the June solstice since the year 1967” and the next time summer solstice and a full moon combination won’t happen until June 21, 2062.

According to the United States Naval Observatory, summer solstice will begin at 10:34 pm. Whereas next year, solstice will begin on June 21st at 4:24 am; and in 2018, solstice will be on June 21st at 10:07 am. These times and days will remain the same no matter what part of the planet one lives on, but the length of the day will depend on geography.

For those living in the Minneapolis area, your sunset will be at 9:03 pm Central Daylight Time this evening; for those living in the San Diego area, your sunset will be at 8:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time evening; and for those of you living in the Anchorage area, your sunset will be at 11:42 pm Alaska Daylight Time this evening.

For solstice times and this evenings weather forecast for your full moon viewing pleasure, check out www.timeanddate.com.

 

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