Summer Solstice: First day of summer brings ‘strawberry moon’ – first since 1967

Summer has officially arrived and what a way to kick it off – there’s going to be a super rare ‘strawberry moon’ tonight.

For the first time since 1967 (nearly 5 decades), there will be a full moon during the summer solstice. The first full moon in June was called a ‘strawberry moon’ by Native Americans – a signal to tribes that it was strawberry season.

The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year with an expected 17 hours of sunlight today – clouds willing – the sunlight will give way to a bright moonlit sky.

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Much like a blue moon, a strawberry moon does not quite live up to its name. It will not appear pink or red, although it may glow a warm amber.

This rare event isn’t expected to occur again until 2062, so essentially, what makes tonight so rare is that it happens to fall directly on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year (and the shortest night).

Enjoy and post your photos below!

 

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