Strawberry mini moon is visible tonight

A wondrous sky should be a photographer’s delight tonight. Tonight will bring a rare sky occurrence.

The June full moon is occurring on the same day as the summer solstice. This hasn’t happened in the Eastern Time Zone since June 21, 1948, according to Mike Murray from Delta College Planetarium in Bay City.

The summer solstice is when the sun will have moved to the highest position in the sky in the northern hemisphere. The summer solstice occurs at 6:34 p.m. this evening, June 20, 2016.

The summer solstice provides Michigan with the most daylight of any day of the year, or so people think. That is not really true everywhere, depending on the shape of the earth at a particular location. The longest day could actually be a day before or a day after the summer solstice at a given location.

Strawberry mini moon
Strawberry mini moon

The full moon tonight is also called the strawberry moon. It’s thought to be so named by native americans because strawberries are ripe now and being harvested. I can tell you from my ripening strawberry patch that the moon will live up to its name.

The great news is the sky condition over Michigan tonight should make for a photographer’s delight. The moisture in the air, and the dust from today’s wind and dryness may create a real pretty full moon.

So if you see a great shot, snap it off and share with us here. You can post the picture below, in the comments, or upload it here.

If you wait to get a look at a full moon on a summer solstice, you’ll have to wait until 2062.


MLive Chief Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa has been forecasting Michigan weather for more than 25 years. He’s been chief meteorologist at three television news stations in Michigan, and he’s an avid gardener and hunter. Email him at mtorregr@mlive.com and find him on Facebook at facebook.com/mark.torregrossa and Twitter @weathermanmark

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