June 12: Mercury will be at its farthest angle from the sun (greatest elongation) and at its highest point in the sky after sunset. This is the best time to observe Mercury since it never climbs very high above the horizon. One neat thing you'll notice is that, since it's an inner planet, it has "phases" of light and shadow like the moon.
June 21: June solstice. Our North Pole will be tilted toward the sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky. This is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
June 23: Full moon. Early Native American tribes called this the Full Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time of year to gather ripening fruit. It also coincides with the peak of the strawberry harvesting season.
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