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Summer Solstice 2016 and the Strawberry Moon

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It only happens once every generation — the start of astronomical summer and emergence of the full “Strawberry Moon.” According to the Washington Post, this phenomenal pairing hasn’t happened since 1967, recalled by some as the “Summer of Love,” and won’t occur again until June 21, 2062 (Universal Time), according to EarthSky.org. As a matter of fact, the website Slooh.com is streaming the rare event live.

The Strawberry Moon’s name originates from the collection of strawberries by Native American Algonquin tribes, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The moon officially reached 100 percent fullness at 7:02 a.m. Eastern Monday —about 11.5 hours before the evening solstice (6:34 p.m. Eastern). Monday evening — about two hours after the solstice — the moon rises, almost fully illuminated, in the eight o’clock hour (8:41 p.m. Eastern in D.C.) along the East Coast.

While the sun is high in the sky at this time of year, the moon hangs low. “Even at its loftiest at 1 a.m, it’s downright wimpy-low,” writes Bob Berman of the Old Farmer’s Almanac. “This forces its light through thicker air, which also tends to be humid this time of year, and the combination typically makes it amber colored.”