The first day of summer is officially here, and to make things a little bit sweeter, the Northern Hemisphere will also get to experience a strawberry moon along with the solstice.
Skywatchers rejoice! Tonight's summer solstice just happens to coincide with June's full moon, a rare celestial event that happens just once in a generation, usually. In Europe, it was known as the Full Rose Moon, or the Honey Moon because June is a popular wedding month.
Using universal time, another meeting of the summer solstice and Strawberry Moon will not happen again until June 21, 2062. According to "The Old Farmer's Almanac", the strawberry moon was given that name by the Algonquin tribes because it occurs right at the height of the season when strawberries are harvested.
Before you get too excited, the moon isn't going to look red or pink.
The strawberry moon is projected to rise over the Atlantic Ocean beginning 7:41 p.m., with its fullest expected around 1:12 a.m. on Tuesday.
If you miss the full moon Monday, you'll have to wait nearly half a century for the next time it falls on the solstice: June 21, 2062.
On Monday, the summer sun will reach its most northerly point, directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer at 23 degrees 27 minutes north latitude.
Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning Sunand sistere, meaning to come to a stop or stand still.
Although mathematical predictions say this event should happen every 15 years, this is the first time it's happening in Universal Time in almost 70 years. During the year as the Earth travels around the sun, a larger portion of the planet is tilted closer to or farther away from the sun, which is why we have the four seasons.
At MSUM's College for Kids today, it is the solstice; what a way to start the week.