A strawberry moon — the first full moon in June — and the summer solstice will meet on the same day Monday, the first time that has happened since 1948.
The solstice means we’ll get about 15 hours and 37 minutes of daylight in these latitudes. That’s almost seven more hours of light than we got on the winter solstice, Dec. 22 (you may also remember that it was quite a bit colder, too).
The strawberry moon will appear at 6:02 Monday morning, while the solstice officially occurs at 5:34 p.m., when the sun shines most directly over the Tropic of Cancer, says meteorologist Todd Nelson.
The poetic name of this moon comes from the Algonquin tribes, who named it for the fruits ripening at this phase, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, while Europeans called it the rose moon.
With strawberries in season, a full moon overhead and Minnesota’s short summer in its full glory, Monday looks like a good day to bask.