'Strawberry moon' stuns in these 12 must-see photos

Pablo Tucker
June 22, 2016

For everyone in the Northern Hemisphere, this Monday marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

Because of the position of the Earth and the sun, Monday is set to be the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The solstice also occurs twice a year - once in winter, once in summer - when the Sun stops travelling north and begins to head south again.

This will be first time that a moon will appear to be full on a Summer Solstice day since 1948.

That hasn't happened since 1967.

So don't expect a red-like hue from the moon tonight.

The solstice, or official first day of summer, will commence at 22:34 UTC (5:34 CT).

If you miss tonight's Strawberry Moon you'll have to wait 46 years before you can see a full moon on the summer solstice, with the next one not due until June the 21st, 2062.

"Many native American tribes, including the Algonquins that lived throughout New England, named the full moon as a way of marking seasonal changes", the Christian Science Monitor's Olivia Lowenberg reported in April.

"I am thinking about staying up late to see the sunset and see the Strawberry Moon", says Gavin Marsden, fellow Space Camp Student.

 Monday's full moon, which is also called the Mead Moon or the Rose Moon, is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all evening long.


Regardless of the name's origin, the moon will be the ideal opportunity for a photo, so make sure you tag #TLPicks.

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