Once-in-a-generation strawberry moon tonight

This full moon, called the "strawberry moon" by Native Americans because it marks the start of strawberry season, entered its full phase at 7:02 a.m. EDT today. An eclipse of the Moon takes place at Full Moon, and only if the Moon passes through some portion of Earth's shadow.

Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).

The summer solstice is a lot longer in Alaska than in much of the Lower 48, because of the state's higher latitude.

Specifically, the summer solstice is the moment when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer.

On or around June 21, the sun is at its furthest point from the equator, appearing lower in the sky.

To put that into perspective, today is 2 hours, 36 minutes longer than on the winter solstice in December. That includes most of the Europe, all of the Russia, Asia, and Australia.

The date of the solstice can vary from June 20 to 22, though seeing a solstice on June 22 is very rare. The last time they occurred within a 12-hour period was 1986. For meteorologists, on the other hand, summer began nearly three weeks ago, on June 1st.

Get out your sunglasses and enjoy the summer solstice. It's the opposite.

That is in 48 years' time. In fact, the Earth will be on its Aphelion a few weeks after the June Solstice.

And tonight's full moon is the first time the moon has been at its biggest and brightest on a Winter Solstice since June 1967.

Some online calculators can help you figure out when sunrise and sunset will happen in your area.

In the northern hemisphere, this means the days now begin to get shorter. Interestingly enough, this won't happen again until June 21st, 2062. Conversely, the southern hemisphere is having its shortest day of the year.

Pagans celebrate the day as Litha in a number of ways, including a massive celebration at Stonehenge, where the sun is aligned with the massive rock construction.

  • Gina Adkins