Happy summer, HollywoodLifers! The official first day of summer is on June 20, and with the solstice comes something special: a coinciding full moon! Click through to watch a live stream of this event that hasn’t happened in almost 50 years!
The 2016 North American summer solstice is happening on June 20, at approximately 6:34pm EDT. It’s a joyous event, marking the official start of summer (bye, school!), and longer days — more time to soak up the sun! Solstice is extra-special this year, because a full moon will rise on the same night. Make that a Strawberry Moon! Click through to live stream the Strawberry moon, in case you can’t catch it yourself!
How cool is this? The last time a summer solstice and a full moon occurred on the same night, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, was way back in 1967! There’s no telling when this astronomical occurrence will ever happen again, so definitely make sure not to miss seeing the Strawberry Moon!
“Having a full moon land smack on the solstice is a truly rare event,” astronomer Bob Berman told Farmer’s Almanac. “We probably won’t push people off pyramids like the Mayans did, but Slooh [a live-streaming global network of telescopes] will very much celebrate this extraordinary day of light with fascinating factoids and amazing live telescope feeds.”
The reason why this is going to be so cool to watch: June 20 is the only night in June in which the moon is in the sky all evening long, i.e. before the sun goes down. The summer sun will reach its northerly point directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer at 23 degrees 27 minutes north latitude, according to Sky & Telescope, at 6:34pm ET. Amazing!
Now, don’t get too excited, because despite the name, you won’t be seeing a pink moon! Also called the Mead Moon or the Rose Moon, the Strawberry Moon refers to the belief that strawberry-picking season is at its peak during this time of year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. It’s going to be beautifully amber-colored, though. Don’t miss this!
HollywoodLifers, are you excited to see the Strawberry Solstice? Tell us in the comments!