According to CNBC, the spectacle in the sky appeared for the very first time since 1948. That means this special moon only makes an appearance once every half-century. The next sighting is expected to be in June of 2062.
Tonight, the evening solstice took place at around 6:34pm eastern time. The strawberry moon eventually rose to a visible height in the sky at approximately 8:41pm as east-coasters pulled their phones out to capture the magic.
So, why is it even called the strawberry moon to begin with?
After a bit of research, it turns out this special moon sighting was given its name by Native American tribes due to the fact that it typically occurs during strawberry-picking season. The main difference? The moon probably isn't as tasty.
As for the reddish, amber glow cast on the moon, that's all thanks to the sun being so high in the sky during this time of year while the moon sits at a lower viewpoint.