This year the heavenly bodies seem to have conspired to sweeten the pot with an event we haven’t seen in 70 years.

The summer solstice isn’t a rare event, a full moon even less so, but they’re both special, and when it just so happens to occur on the same day as they will this year? That's is a once -in-a-lifetime kind of special!

The 2016 North American summer solstice takes place on June 20, 2016 at 6:34 PM EDT. That’s the very moment when, essentially, the ‪sun‬ stands still, its northernmost point as seen from the Earth. Its zenith doesn’t lean north or south , but waits patiently at the Tropic of Cancer before switching directions and heading south again.

This is where the world ‪solstice‬ comes from; the Latin solstitium , from sol (SUN) and stitium (TO STOP ).

It's the day of the year with the most sunlight, the grand dame of long summer days. Even though technically it is just the first day of ‪‎summer‬, it may actually be the best one of all. In New York City, we will have a whopping 15.05 hours of daytime!

The ‪summer solstice alone is iconic enough, but this year we get the big beautiful bonus of a ‪full moon, which hits its peak on this same day. This has not happened in 70 years! These are facts based on the field of ‪astronomy. Many people call this combination of a FULL moon and Summer solstice “The Summer of Love.“ 

Celebrate the longest day of the year!

Enjoy your summer, The SEAH® Team!