The ‘Strawberry Moon' will rise this week — and you may notice something special about it

Immediately following the summer solstice will be the June full moon, also known as the "strawberry moon"

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Just after the historic 2024 summer solstice this week, another unique moment will arrive as the strawberry moon rises in the sky -- and this full moon will also be special.

Immediately following the summer solstice will be the June full moon, also known as the "strawberry moon."

The full moon will reach peak illumination at 8:08 p.m. CT on June 21, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

But what many might notice as the moon rises is the sky is just how big it appears. That's because the moon with the lowest we've seen in quite some time, the Farmer's Almanac reports.

"Since the 2024 June full Moon happens on the solstice, the very day the Sun is absolutely at its highest of the year, this month’s full Moon on the 21st is the very lowest full Moon, indeed, the lowest we’ve seen in years," the Almanac reported. "Just look at it! Because the Moon is so low, it will appear bigger than ever. This is called the 'Moon Illusion.'"

But while the name "strawberry moon" doesn't actually come from the color of the moon itself, this month's moon will likely have an orange-red hue to it.

Because the moon will remain so low in the sky, the horizon will likely give it a colorful hue, but also make for less moonlight, leaving the night largely black.

The summer solstice is the time when the sun reaches its highest and northernmost points in the sky, according to the Farmer's Almanac, marking the first day of astronomical summer.

It is also known as the day with the longest period of sunlight, or the longest day of the year -- for those in the Northern Hemisphere.

According to Accuweather, this year's solstice will be the earliest in 228 years. The last time the solstice took place this early was on June 20, 1796.

"The exact day and time of the solstice varies slightly from year to year," the publication reported.

Weather Network called the shift for 2024 "something exceptional," noting that the early solstice could also be tied to it being a leap year.

"Our calendar still remains slightly out of sync with the solar year. As a result, each leap year, the vernal equinox occurs around 40-50 minutes earlier than the previous leap year vernal equinox," the network reported.

Also of note is the fact that the spring equinox fell on March 19, marking only the second time in more than a century it has fallen on that day and becoming the earliest spring equinox in 128 years.

"Even taking into consideration that there was no daylight saving time back then, 2024's summer solstice is still earlier," Weather Network reported.

And it appears fall and winter will be similar, with the fall equinox being the earliest since 1797 and the winter solstice becoming the earliest since 1798.

Going forward, each leap year after 2024 will also see equinoxes and solstices "even earlier," Weather Network said.

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