15 Breathtaking Photos From Tonight's Rare 'Strawberry Moon' Sighting
Not only is June 20, 2016, the longest day of the year, it's also the evening when the incredibly rare "strawberry" moon sighting takes place.
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.
In a recent article published in The Old Farmer's Almanac, astronomer Bob Berman reveals,
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.
Check out 15 breathtaking photos from tonight's "strawberry" moon sighting below!