Source: Brevard Times
The moon will be at its fullest (99.8% full) the following morning at 1:12 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The Strawberry Moon will set at 7:33 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday.
Why is this Full Moon called a Strawberry Moon?
Are Strawberry Moons red or pink in color?
Sometimes. But Strawberry Moons are not necessarily red or pink in color just because they occur in June. Like any full moon, the moon can appear reddish-pink which is caused by atmospheric conditions on Earth or a partial lunar eclipse. Strawberry Moons can also appear brown-red in color during a total lunar eclipse. More than likely, the Full Moon on June 20, 2016 will appear the usual pearly-gray to most locations on Earth.
What is the Summer Solstice?
The Summer Solstice is the shortest night and longest day of the year on Earth’s northern hemisphere for locations like Melbourne, Florida, but the reverse in the southern hemisphere for locations like Melbourne, Australia. During the Summer Solstice, the Sun sits above the Tropic of Cancer, spreading more sunlight in the north and turning the tables on the south.
However, it is not the Sun that is moving north or south through the seasons, but a change in the orientation and angles between the Earth and its nearest star. The axis of the Earth is tilted 23.5 degrees relative to the Sun and the ecliptic plane. The axis is tilted away from the Sun at the December solstice and toward the Sun at the June solstice, spreading more and less light on each hemisphere. At the equinoxes, the tilt is at a right angle to the Sun and the light is spread evenly. Read more here.