Tuesday, June 21, 2016

By the light of the Strawberry Moon

🎶By the light of the strawberry moon. 
A “strawberry moon” lights up the sky tonight, coinciding with summer solstice—the longest day of the year—for the first time since 1967. Astronomers have hailed the event as a twice-in-a-lifetime occurrence. I love that. Twice. It's like a second chance. 

The sun gets super high so this moon must be super-low. This forces its light through thicker air, which also tends to be humid this time of year, and the combination typically makes [the moon] amber colored. 

But a strawberry moon is not red or pink as might be expected. Instead, the name refers to the full moon in June, heralded by Native American Algonquin tribes as the beginning of the strawberry picking season. It is also sometimes referred to as a ‘honey moon’. Trés romantique! 



(Graphic Credit: Dan Linehan)
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