On Monday night, a rare astronomical event happened: the summer solstice coincided with a full moon, this phenomena brought out a rare special sight: the Strawberry Moon.
The last time this astonishing event happened was in the so-called Summer of Love in 1967 and it’s won’t happen again until 2062… so, it’ll be a bit of a wait.
So, why we call it the Strawberry Moon? Well, the Strawberry Moon gets its name from Algonquin tribe of indigenous Americans because it occurred around the time the strawberries were being picked.
This special phenomenon has several different names throughout the world, : “Full Rose Moon” and the “Honey Moon” in Europa, or the “Mead Moon” because of its warm hue.
Having a full moon land smack on the solstice is a truly rare event,
said Slooh astronomer Bob Berman.During a summer solstice, the moon hangs low.
This forces its light through thicker air,
Dr. Berman wrote for the Farmer’s Almanac,
which also tends to be humid this time of year, and the combination typically makes it amber colored.
CosmosUp.com received some amazing photographs of this celestial event from readers all over the world. Here are the top 10:
See photos of the Strawberry Moon below
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