June’s Strawberry moon rose last night in conjunction with the summer solstice – the first such alignment in nearly 70 years.
People worldwide took pictures of the event.
June’s full moon is called the strawberry moon because Native American tribes associated it with a time of ripening fruits, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
July’s full moon is dubbed the buck moon. Read full list of moon names here.
“The summer solstice is the moment summer begins in the northern hemisphere,” said Sam Storch, a retired astronomy professor and member of the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. “It marks the longest day of the year, the shortest night of the year and the sun having the highest possible altitude for the whole year.”
While the summer solstice marks the longest day of the year, it is not typically the hottest. It takes the land and atmosphere time to heat up so the warmest temperatures are typically not reflected until weeks later.
“It’s important to mark the summer solstice because it provides a visual, measurable reference point for time before the age where we could just look up everything on the computer,” Storch said. “It means that the days will now get shorter and the nights longer.”