Much like a blue moon, a strawberry moon does not quite live up to its name.
So even though this is the first ‘strawberry moon’ to grace the sky on the first day of summer since 1967, if you look up tonight you shouldn’t expect to see a rosy light beaming down on you. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “June’s Full Strawberry Moon got its name because the Algonquin tribes knew it as a signal to gather ripening fruit.”
Essentially, the first full moon in June is considered a ‘strawberry moon’ as it signalled to Native Canadian tribes that it was strawberry season. What makes tonight so rare is that it happens to fall directly on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year (and the shortest night).
And while this event is said to be a once-in-a-life-time event (given that, on average, it takes place once every 70 years), is still doesn’t answer the most important moon question we’ve ever had:
“We all know that the moon is not made of green cheese. But what if it were made of barbecue spare ribs, would you eat it then?”
Don’t forget to look up tonight to see if you can see the beauty of the full ‘strawberry moon’.