Super rare strawberry moon to rise over Toronto tonight
The Strawberry Moon is the name given to the first full moon of June. It's a yearly occurrence, much like the Pink Moon of April and the Flower Moon of May. But tonight is special for skywatchers because for the the first time since 1967, June's full moon corresponds with the summer solstice.
It's also a special tonight for looking up at the moon because Toronto has been blessed with perfect evening weather to welcome summer. If you've ben paying attention, there's been some spectacular moon rises for the last few days, but tonight's will be even better as it reaches 100 per cent fullness.
Despite its name, however, don't expect a strawberry red tone to emit from the lunar surface. The etymology relates to the start of strawberry season rather than some physical characteristic of the moon itself. Still, if the lead-up has been any indication, we should get a lovely yellow-tinged moonrise tonight in Toronto.
Make sure to look up. The full moon won't rise on the summer solstice again until 2062.
Photo by Phil Marion in the blogTO Flickr pool.
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