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Month of June Features Summer Solstice, Full Moon, and Planetary Alignment

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The earliest summer solstice in 228 years is on tap for the June astronomy calendar. Here is a look at what to expect this month in the night skies as well as when you might get the chance to see the northern lights again.

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Summer Solstice Will Kick Off the Season - June 20

The earliest summer solstice since 1796 highlights the June astronomy happenings, a month that also features the shortest nights of the year. While the nights are short, the warmer weather that arrives this time of the year makes it more comfortable to get outside after the sun goes down.

Although the beginning of the meteorological summer happens on June 1, the astronomical summer will officially begin at 4:50 pm EDT on Thursday, June 20. This time and date is the earliest summer solstice on record since 1796 when the event happened at 1:45 pm on the same date. To put this history in perspective, there were only 16 states in the U.S. at this time. Furthermore, astronomers had yet to discover Neptune and Pluto.

The astronomical summer will last 93 days, 15 hours, and 52 minutes, making it the longest season of the year. The autumnal equinox will bring the summer season to an end at 8:43 am EDT on September 22.


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