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Once in a lifetime 'strawberry solstice'

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Source: Jim Rugenstein Source: Jim Rugenstein
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Monday was the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.

On the summer solstice, the sun reaches its northernmost point and the Earth's North Pole points directly toward the sun making it the day with the most sunlight. Michigan saw just over 15.5 hours of daylight while other locations around the world saw more than 17 hours of sun.

The official solstice occurred at 6:34 p.m. Now while not that remarkable on its own, this year’s solstice was special and possibly a “once in a lifetime event.”

Yesterday not only marked the official start of summer but it was also a strawberry moon.

These two events only coincide once every 70 years.

The strawberry moon is just like any other full moon. It doesn’t appear pink or red in color, the strawberry moon is named that simply because American tribes used June’s full moon to mark the beginning of strawberry season and a sign to gather ripening fruits.

In the past, many ancient cultures celebrated the Summer Solstice as a symbol of fertility and harvest, and while in our current time we really just use it as the marker for a new season. 

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