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Posted: Jun 10, 2024 7:59 AMUpdated: Jun 10, 2024 8:02 AM

Summer Solstice Rings In The Summer With A Strawberry Moon

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Cheyenne Gilkey

Oklahoma has had the privilege of being able to experience many natural phenomena this summer. From the eclipse, to double cicada species, to tornados that actually made it through Bartlesville, to more rain than the law allows. All have left their own effect on the citizens of Bartlesville as a whole. But, the summer is not over yet, and there are still plenty more to go.

Summer solstice is underway and for those who are not sky watchers that alone would mean very little. Others it would raise questioning looks. Well, here’s what you should know.

The summer solstice will be June 20, 2024 for the Northern Hemisphere, marking the start of the longest day of the year. This increase in exposure to the Sun is caused by the extreme tilt of Earth twice a year. During the solstice the sun, moving northerly, will stop and start heading south. This motion will continue for 6 months until its lowest setting point, marking the start of winter.

24 hours after the summer solstice begins, another phenomenon called “The strawberry moon” will take place. Starting June 21 at approximately 9:08 p.m. the strawberry moon will be located near the Teapot constellation, taking on that strawberry color due to its proximity to the horizon.


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