Ocean Tides and the Full Moon

Over the past week, we saw the first day of summer begin with a beautiful “strawberry moon.” The Summer Solstice occurred on June 20th, and if you did not already know, this is the longest day of the year, or the longest duration of sunlight.

The 17 hours of daylight ended with a full moon, which was also a rare strawberry moon and seen for the first time since 1967. The moon was not red but did appear to be a warm amber and much brighter.

You may have noticed it while you were out on the water or on land. If so, have you thought about how the moon cycle effects the tides of our world? Watch the National Geographic video below to learn more.