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Today marks the longest fasting day of the year


Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

It’s all downhill from here, folks. Today, June 20, marks the summer solstice for those of us living in the northern hemisphere.

That makes it the longest day of the year, and it falls right in the middle of Ramadan. In Qatar, people who are fasting will go without food, water and other earthly pleasures for a whopping 15 hours and 14 minutes.

After tonight, the days will begin to shorten, though sunset will only be a few minutes earlier for the rest of Ramadan.

This week's full moon as seen in Arizona
This week’s full moon, as seen from Arizona

Meanwhile, for the first time in 70 years, the summer solstice will coincide with a full (“strawberry” or “honey”) moon, astronomers have said.

The Telegraph quotes one astronomer as saying:

“By landing exactly on the solstice, this Full Moon doesn’t just rise as the Sun sets but is opposite the Sun in all other ways too. The Sun gets super high so this Moon must be super-low.

This forces its light through thicker air, which also tends to be humid this time of year, and the combination typically makes it amber coloured. This is the true Honey Moon.”

So whether you are fasting today or not, be sure to look up tonight! Thoughts?

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