The full moon tonight is called a “Strawberry Moon,” because Native Americans saw it as to signal for the ideal time for fruit picking, according to the National Weather Service. It will not happen again until the year 2062.
The Farmer’s Almanac explains that the color of the moon is due to the sun being higher in the sky and the moon is lower in the sky on this date. Because of the positioning of the Sun and Moon there can be a strawberry hue to the moon, or more of an amber color which leads some to refer to it as the “Honey Moon”. The last time this lunar event occurred was 70 years ago and a full Strawberry Moon on the Summer Solstice will not happen again until 2062, making this a once in a lifetime event.
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