This year’s summer solstice on Monday June 20th brings a special event, as it coincides with the full strawberry moon for the first time in 70 years. The Summer Solstice is the day with the most amount of sunshine as the sun will reach the highest point throughout the course of the year. Despite its name, the strawberry moon will glow more of a warm amber color than pink or red.
Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning ‘Sun’ and sistere, meaning ‘to come to a stop or stand still’. On the day of the June Solstice, the Sun reaches its northern-most position, as seen from the Earth. At that moment, its zenith does not move north or south as during most other days of the year, but it stands still at the Tropic of Cancer. It then reverses its direction and starts moving south again.
The opposite happens during the December Solstice. Then, the Sun reaches its southern-most position in the sky – the Tropic of Capricorn – stands still and then reverses its direction towards the north.