Anytime there is a full moon in the sky during the month of June, it is called a strawberry moon. This year, it’s a special occurrence because the strawberry moon coincides with the solstices. It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, with 17 hours of light, and the shortest in the southern half of the planet.
Click here to watch live-stream footage of the event, courtesy of Slooh. It is being filmed live from their observatory in the Canary Islands. To find out more fun facts about a strawberry moon, continue reading below, courtesy of Science Alert, Independent and the Telegraph.
— Nick Cosky (@NCoskyPhoto) June 21, 2016
1. The name “strawberry moon” comes from indigenous Americans, the Algonquin tribe from Long Island, New York. The month of June marked the beginning of the strawberry-picking season; that’s why any full moon during this time is named after the fruit.
2. A strawberry moon happening on the first day of summer occurs only once in a generation. The last time it happened was in 1967. It won’t happen again until June 21, 2062.
3. The moon won’t have a pink or strawberry hue, but its color will look a little different. It will have a golden, amber appearance because of its position in relation to the sun.
4. It goes by other names. The strawberry moon is also known as the Hot Moon, the Honey Moon and the Rose Moon. In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s known as the Long Night Moon.
5. It’s considered an especially sacred day for pagans.
6. More than 20,000 people will gather at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, to celebrate the summer solstice.
7. The summer solstice can occur on different days, usually from June 20 to June 22.
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