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Summer Solstice Today

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Today (6-20-76) is known as the summer solstice in North America.  The sun will climb to its highest point in the sky in the northern hemisphere on the solstice.  While most of us just think of this day as the first day of summer, there are a few interesting things to know about this solstice.  

This year's solstice is unique, as this is the first time that a full moon has fallen on the summer solstice since the year 1967, according to earthsky.com.  

During the summer solstice, the northern hemisphere has its longest day and shortest night.  Oppositely, the southern hemisphere has their shortest day and longest night of the year on the June solstice.  The reason for this has to do with the tilt of the Earth's axis of rotation.  To better understand the reason for this, here is a short video put out by TedEd... 

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