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Heaven, Earth and a full Strawberry Moon; Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice, Galilee Fishing Village, Narragansett, RI June 2015 (Photo Tracey C. O'Neill)

Summer Solstice, Galilee Fishing Village, Narragansett, RI June 2015 (Photo Tracey C. O’Neill)

The 2016 Summer Solstice is upon us, bringing with it a promise of the longest day, shorter nights and this year – a full Strawberry Moon. Monday’s Solstice summons significant astrological awareness as pagan lore holds the June Solstice out as celebration of the marriage between Heaven and Earth. The full Strawberry Moon has not come on the June Solstice for 70 years. This year’s event promises a strong showing in the clear skies of the Northeast as the sun exits this longest day of the astrological calendar.

According to Alaskan climatologist, Brian Brettschneider, New England states are expected to be blessed with 15 hours of daylight as the sun appears directly overhead.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac offered up some interesting tidbits regarding the Pagan holiday. The 2016 Summer Solstice falls at 6:34 p.m. EDT in the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere. The Solstice is the moment when time stands still, or in Latin terms, solstitium, sun to stop.  

The marrying of Strawberry moon and Summer Solstice is mathematically predicted to happen every 15 years.  So, why has it been 70 years since it last occurred? OFA promises to unravel that mystery on Monday night.  

For those who can’t enjoy the outdoor version of the evening spectacle, the Almanac is partnering with Slooh Live to bring you an “at your fingertips”  livestream of the event. The Almanac, was founded in 1792, and its editor, Janice Stillman is expected to offer viewers a historical perspective of Solstice celebrations around the world.

According to the OFA website, they will be joined by Slooh host, Paul Cox and Almanac astronomer Bob Berman to discuss the rare astronomical combination.   “Having a full moon land smack on the solstice is a truly rare event,” Berman told OFA.  “We probably won’t push people off pyramids like the Mayans did, but Slooh will very much celebrate this extraordinary day of light with fascinating factoids and amazing live telescope feeds.”



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