ATLANTA – What’s rarer than a blue moon? How about a strawberry moon to kick off the summer season this year.
For the first time in nearly five decades, there will be a full moon during the summer solstice. A full moon in June was called a strawberry moon by Native Americans. For them, it signified that fruits, such as strawberries, were ripe for the picking.
In Europe, it’s known as a rose moon.
The last time this took place was 1967.
According to Ask an Astronomer, because the moon will be low in the sky, the atmosphere is going to scatter the light bouncing off of it. The effect will cause mostly yellow, orange and red light to reach the eye, which will give the moon a golden look.
In addition, the summer solstice marks the longest day of the year. The solstice is the moment when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer. This is the farthest north the sun ever moves in the sky, which is why the days close to the solstice have the most daylight of any days of the year.