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Strawberry Moon to fall on summer solstice for first time since 1967

8/16/2016, 10:02:54 AM

This astronomy blog was written by AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada.

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the summer solstice and the full moon will fall on the same day.

Solstices and full moons are nothing out of the ordinary; however, the two events rarely happen on the same day like they will on Monday.

The last time that there was a full moon on the same day as the summer solstice was back in June of 1967, according to EarthSky.


June’s full moon is often referred to as the Full Strawberry Moon as the Algonquin tribes knew that it signified that fruits, such as strawberries, were ripe for the picking.

Other names for June’s full moon include the Rose Moon, the Hot Moon, the Honey Moon and in the Southern Hemisphere, the Long Night Moon.

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Much of the country should have good viewing conditions on Monday night; however, some clouds could block out the full moon from western New York to Missouri.

The moon was officially 100 percent 'full' at 7:02 a.m. EDT on Monday and the official start of summer, or the summer solstice, occurs at 6:34 p.m. EDT on Monday.

If you miss Monday’s full moon, you’ll have to wait another 46 years before you can see the full moon on the summer solstice. The next time that these events fall on the same day is June 21, 2062.

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