Today is summer solstice. It is exact at 5:35 p.m. CDT. At this time, the sun reaches its northernmost point in our sky. In the Northern hemisphere, astronomical summer begins.
For thousands of years, humans have celebrated the sun, the cycles of the solstices and equinoxes. Crowds still gather at Stonehenge today. Here is a photo of the summer solstice sun rising over Lake Michigan. No doubt, human eyes watched the summer sunrise when all this was wetlands and prairie.
You can read more about the June solstice here, at EarthSky.
There will also be a full moon tonight. EarthSky says this is the first full moon coinciding with the June solstice since 1967. According to Space.com (using Universal Time), they have not occurred on the same day since 1948. However you calculate it, this is an astronomical event that has not been seen in decades.
You can watch a SLOOH webcast of the full moon rising online here.
Celebrate the summer, and the light.
Sun and moon dance all day, all night.
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