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Solstice Marks Official Start Of Summer, Rare Full Moon

Summer solstice is June 20. There also will be a rare full moon.
Summer solstice is June 20. There also will be a rare full moon. Photo Credit: Cindy Capitani/123RF Stock

Everyone can officially say hello to summer on Monday, as June 20 welcomes the solstice, the longest day of the year and a rare full moon.

The sun rises to the north of east on the solstice and sets to the north of west, and is visible in the sky for a longer period of time, according to timeanddate.com .

'Solstice' is Latin for 'solstitium' meaning 'sun-stopping.' The 2016 North American summer solstice happens at 6:34 p.m. That’s the time when the sun is at its northernmost point.

In the tri-state area, there will be 15.05 hours of daytime. The Farmer's Almanac has a sunrise and sunset calculator to check daylight hours all year around.

A full moon on summer solstice won't happen again for 70 years. There are conflicting reports over when the last one occurred, 1948 or 1967.

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