Stargazing for June 2021

The June Solstice and Strawberry Moon

May 26, 2021
Moon and Girl

No need for a telescope! Here are a couple fun astronomical tidbits to enjoy in June.

Celebrate the June Solstice

The June solstice occurs on Saturday, June 20, at 11:32 P.M. Eastern Time! This annual astronomical event marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere (north of Earth’s equator line) and the beginning of winter in the Southern Hemisphere (south of Earth’s equator line). 

In the Northern Hemisphere, this day will have more daylight hours than any other day in the year, making it the longest day of the year! For this reason, there’s no better time to celebrate with a backyard camping session or an evening picnic. Enjoy the start of summer!

See the Strawberry Moon

June’s full Moon, which is traditionally called the Strawberry Moon, will shine bright on Thursday, June 24! For the best view of the first full Moon of summer, look towards the southeast after sunset on the night of the 24th. 

Find out how the full Strawberry Moon got its name!