Strawberry Moon Arriving Monday, Possibly Ushering In A Sweet Summer

Image: capt_tain Tom/Flickr
Image: capt_tain Tom/Flickr

The Summer Solstice is expected to be very sweet this year, thanks to the arrival of what is known as a Strawberry Moon.


The longest day of the year will be on Monday, June 20, with the solstice peaking at 6:34 p.m. EDT. When a full moon also coincides with the Summer Solstice, it’s called a Strawberry Moon, named for when Algonquin tribes used the solstice as a signal for when fruits were ready for picking, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

This is a rare event for skygazers, as we’ll be seeing a Strawberry Moon for the first time in decades (how many years exactly is up to debate. The Almanac says this is the first one in 70 years, while EarthSky says the last one was in 1967, ushering in the Summer of Love).

It’s such an event that the Almanac will be co-hosting a live stream from Slooh’s observatory in the Canary Islands, which you can watch here.


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Holy Crap! Another Something-Something Moon! These labels don’t mean anything because there is a never-ending supply of them!

I’m going to create my own! It’s called a Fire Moon! It’s a full moon that occurs only on Saturdays after a Friday on which I get a paycheck and when I spend a bunch of that money on Taco Bell that same evening.

Fire Moon.