Sun and Moon, June 2015


The Sun

The peak of sunlight arrives in the northern hemisphere on June 21st at 5:38 p.m. CDT, when the sun reaches its solstice signalling the beginning of summer.  At this time the sun’s most direct rays illuminate the northern hemisphere.  The sun is above the horizon in the Chicago area for 15 hours, 13 minutes, compared to 9 hours, 8 minutes at the winter solstice.  The blue shaded area in the chart above shows the daylight hours in June.  The red line indicates the length of daylight throughout the year.

The flowers celebrate the beginning of summer!

The Moon

Phase Date/Time Moonrise Moonset
Full Moon 06/02/15 (11:19 a.m.) 8:19 p.m. 6:23 a.m. (06/03)
Last Quarter 06/09/15 (10:42 a.m.) 12:53 a.m. 12:49 p.m.
New Moon 06/16/15 (9:05 a.m.) 5:36 a.m. 8:25 p.m.
First Quarter 06/24/15 (6:03 a.m.) 1:12 p.m. 1:08 a.m. (06/25)
Times are Central Daylight Time for Chicago, Illinois, from US Naval Observatory calculations. (For mjb)

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