it’s a once in a lifetime experience tonight for those folk who enjoy gazing heavenwards.
A rare ‘strawberry’ moon should be present in the skies above Huddersfield this evening with experts saying we won’t see another like it for another 46 years. It coincides with the 2016 Summer Solstice and the event, which sees the sun sink beneath the horizon on the longest day of the year, is eagerly anticipated in Wiltshire with thousands of people flocking to Stonehenge.
The summer solstice will coincide with the strawberry moon for the first time since the Summer of Love in 1967.
And despite the romantic sounding name, strawberry moon is something of a misnomer. It’s a romantic label coined by North American tribes who tied in June’s full moon with the start of the strawberry-picking season.
The physical reason for the change in the moon’s glowing a honey-style amber colour is due to the sun being high and the moon being low meaning its light appears through thicker, more humid air.