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Full Moon on the Summer Solstice 2016

The summer solstice begins Monday, June 20th at 5:34pm CDT.  A full moon, also known as the June Strawberry Moon, will coincide with the 2016 summer solstice.

A Strawberry Moon is a term given to any full moon in the month of June.  The term was used most by Algonquin tribes, who recognized it as an astronomical sign to begin gathering ripened fruit, especially strawberries. 

The astronomical timing is actually quite rare.  The next full moon that will occur on a summer solstice will be on June 21st, 2062. The last time a full moon occurred during a summer solstice was the summer of 1967.

 

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