First day of summer with 'strawberry moon'

So what makes summer, summer? Greg Kelly and Audrey Puente explain.

- The first day of summer, also known as the summer solstice, falls on Monday, June 20 this year.

The sun rises at 4:45 a.m and will set at 10:34 p.m.

The 17-hour stretch of sunlight makes it the longest day of the year.

"The Earth is tilted in such a way that the sun's rays are directly over the Tropic of Cancer, which is the northern most point," said FOX 5 meteorologist Audrey Puente.

Many cultures throughout history have celebrated the solstice for being symbolic of renewal, fertility and harvest.

Also making the day special, is the coinciding of a 'Strawberry' moon.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, it's the first time in almost 70 years that the summer solstice lands on the same day as a full moon is visible in the sky all night long.


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