Whilst this might sound like the name for an ice cream or a fancy brand of bubble bath, the strawberry moon is actually an astronomical rarity that will be gracing our skies tonight.
Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and it coincides with the start of the strawberry season - which gives tonight’s moon it’s name. This event only happens once in a lifetime - around every seventy years or so; the last occurrence taking place in 1967.
Sadly, the moon will not appear a strawberry-hued pink or red in the sky. The name was actually given to this event by Native American tribes to mark the June full moon as they believed it signalled the beginning of the strawberry picking season.
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, with approximately 17 hours of light in some areas. Sadly, with the recent rain, we’ve only been able to enjoy a portion of that and it seems unlikely that many people in Suffolk will be able to enjoy the sight of the full moon as the forecast predicts an overcast evening. Still, summer solstice in of itself is a tradition that had been celebrated for hundreds of years. It is estimated that around 25,000 people will flock to Stonehenge in Wiltshire for the celebration.
Even if you can’t enjoy the strawberry moon, you could treat yourself to some delicious strawberries at Friday Street Farm Shop where you can pick your own strawberries (if they’re ripe!) and fill up a punnet. Alternatively, if the weather does improve, enjoy strawberry ice cream at Aldeburgh seafront from The Ice Creamery or Ives Ice Cream Parlour. Or try both to see which ice cream tastes best!
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