WINNIPEG – They both happen every year – but rarely at the same time.
The summer solstice and strawberry moon come together Monday night.
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. The sun rose at 5:20 am and sets at 9:41 pm.
This year, it happens to coincide with the strawberry moon, the name of the full moon in June.
Where did the name come from? Scott Young of the Manitoba Planetarium says every full moon has a name, like the harvest moon.
“Each month’s full moon has its own name, according to the old Farmer’s Almanac, which actually has used mythology that has been handed down from pre-contact times. Some of the Aboriginal groups would use these names. Strawberries are ready to harvest in June, basically, and that’s where the name came from,” he said.
The two events won’t overlap again until 2062.