Welcome to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year when there are approximately 17 hours of light. The name comes from the Latin solstitium meaning “sun stands still” and happens because the sun stops heading north at the Tropic of Cancer and then returns back southwards.
In the northern hemisphere this means the days begin to get shorter. But 2016 is a special year, because the solstice coincides with the Strawberry Moon, a once or twice-in-a-lifetime occurence. This particular full moon, which occurs in June, was named by the tribes indigenous to America and the harvesting of strawberries in June gives that months moon its name.
Europeans have dubbed it the rose moon, while other cultures named it the hot moon for the beginning of the summer heat. The two events coincide once every 70 years.
Hope your view of the moon is clear tonight – remember to look up!
The main image pictured is: “Blue Canyon Moon (5020077179)” by John Fowler from Placitas, NM, USA – Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – sourced via http://kathrynlouisewoodauthor.blogspot.co.uk/