2016 Summer Solstice: 5 Exciting Facts About The Strawberry Moon
Happy First Day of Summer! June 20 marks the first day of the season, astronomically, but in 2016, the summer solstice coincides with the rise of a full Strawberry Moon. This breath-taking event hasn’t occurred since 1967, and likely won’t for decades!Below are some exciting facts about the Strawberry Moon/summer solstice.
1. We won’t see this again until 2062!
Using universal time, another meeting of the summer solstice and Strawberry Moon will not happen again until June 21, 2062. That is…a long time to wait. The phases of the moon recur every 19 years. In 2035, the full moon will hit one day before the solstice. Talk about a close shave. 2062 it is, and the last time this rare event happened was 1967. You’re definitely not going to want to miss out!
2. The moon is completely visible while it’s still light outside.
This is why the meet-up is so important. June 20, the summer solstice, is the longest day of the year. The sun will reach its highest peak at 6:34pm ET, and the full moon will be hanging low the entire time. Around 8:00pm ET, it will rise fully.
3. The Strawberry Moon got its name from Algonquin tribes.
It was dubbed “Strawberry Moon” by the Algonquins because they knew that when this moon rose, it would finally be time to gather ripened fruit. Like strawberries! In Europe, the moon is also called the Rose Moon, Mead Moon, and Honey Moon.
4. There are tons of weird facts and folklore about the full Strawberry Moon
Did you know? On June 21 (the day after a Strawberry Moon), we’ll probably be swept up in a large storm. It may work out for the best, though, because according to folklore, crabbing and shrimping are best during this time, too. Shellfish and strawberries?
5. The Strawberry Moon glows golden, like the sun.
Despite its name, don’t expect to see a pink moon. The Strawberry Moon glows a beautiful, strange amber color, for a couple of reasons. The moon is hanging incredibly low, and its light is being forced through thicker, more humid air. The combo causes the weird color! That’s where the names Honey Moon and Mead Moon came from.