The Summer Solstice and the Strawberry Moon

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A lovely beginning of summer on this 20 june (Summer Solstice 2016) was welcomed by the rare convergence of a full, Strawberry Moon. Not since 1967, and not again until 2062, will this combination repeat itself, according to EarthSky.

The term “Strawberry” moon comes from the belief that strawberry-picking season is at its peak during this time of the year, but the moon is full like every other. The two events coincide once every 70 years. But, don’t expect to see a pink moon – the Strawberry Moon glows golden.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees… I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer…”

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The longest day of the year 2016 will be remembered for its very special, and gorgeous, sunset.

Illustration: © 2016 Google

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