Summer Solstice, the first day of summer astronomically, will officially arrive soon. If you have a clear night sky tonight, look for the full moon. Not only is it summer’s first day celebrated with a full moon, this day is bringing us a Strawberry Moon. We lucky people on the planet on this night will have a rare opportunity to see this celestial event. It hasn’t occurred since 1967, sometimes referred to as the summer of love. The strawberry moon won’t occur again until 2026.
What’s a strawberry moon?
“It is a full moon, which occurs in June, named by early Native American tribes. It is a full moon like any other, but marks the beginning of the strawberry season. The two events coincide once every 70 years,” according to Internet news source, Independent.
You can catch this once-in-a-lifetime event tonight at 11:02 Universal Time, when the moon turns full. The solstice, with nearly 17 hours of daylight making it the longest day in the year, arrives about 11 and a half hours later at 22:34 UT.
I’m interested in such things. It’s fun to pause and lift our eyes skyward to appreciate an awe-inspiring moment playing out in the night sky. Let’s all grab a loved one and stand together in celebration of little things, like strawberry moons and the first official night of summer, and make this the beginning of another summer of love. With all that has been going on around us, shouting at us that many things are wrong and scary in our world, a night staring at the full moon and acknowledging love might be a great way to step into summer.