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Rare Occurrence as Strawberry Moon Aligns with Summer Solstice



Today marks the summer solstice, which officially means it is the first day of summer, as well as the longest day of the year.

What makes this year’s entry into the summer days even more exceptional is the coincidence with the Strawberry Moon.

Rarer than the Blue Moon, tonight’s Strawberry Moon, otherwise known as the Rose, the Mead or the Honey Moon, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

This is because the Strawberry Moon only coincides with the summer solstice about every 70 years. The last time this occurred on the same day was in 1948, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The Strawberry Moon is the first full moon in June, and as NASA points out, the Strawberry Moon gets its name for the start of the strawberry picking season for certain Native American tribes.

So don’t expect a red-like hue from the moon tonight. Instead, the moon will appear golden or amber in color, hence the name Honey Moon.

For those who would like to witness this rare occurrence, the moon will rise in the east around 8:30 p.m. (ET) tonight. 

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