Rare "Strawberry Moon" tonight 6/20/16

Break out your telescope, and bring a picnic dinner, because Monday night is set to be spectacular for stargazers. We're set to see the first Strawberry Moon to line up with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, since 1967.

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, it's called the Full Strawberry Moon because Algonquin tribes saw it as a signal to start gathering ripe fruit. In Europe, it was known as the Full Rose Moon, or the Honey Moon because June is a popular wedding month. Other names for it include the Hot Moon, the Mead Moon, or the Long Night Moon.

The occasion is so rare because the solstice and the full moon don't often coincide. It's been 70 years since that happened in the Northern Hemisphere. According to CNN, it's also rare that the full moon will be in the sky all evening long, and Monday night will be the only day this month that happens.

The Strawberry Moon is even going to be broadcast live on YouTube, so you can spot it even if it's cloudy where you live. That's a good thing, because AccuWeather reports that the next time it coincides with the solstice won't happen until June 21, 2062.

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Comment by Michael Johnson on June 20, 2016 at 8:52pm

Will watch it if I can being in a city..wish I was back in the high country at 9,000 feet, there it will be spectacular.
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