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Strawberry moon to appear in Sacramento sky on summer solstice

Understanding the moon’s many names

What's the difference between a Blue Moon, a Strawberry Moon and a Blood Moon? Watch and find out.
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What's the difference between a Blue Moon, a Strawberry Moon and a Blood Moon? Watch and find out.

Mostly clear skies are predicted in Sacramento Monday night to see the Strawberry moon as the lunar wonder comes into view.

The month of June's full moon's name is thanks to the Algonquin tribes who knew that its appearance signaled the time to gather ripening strawberries, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

It is also known as the Full Rose moon in Europe. The moon will not be red or pink like a strawberry, but will appear the color of a regular full moon.

The full moon arrives on the night of the summer solstice. The astronomical summer solstice begins at 3:34 p.m. Monday.

According to the EarthSky website, this appears to be the first full moon to fall on the June solstice since the year 1967. However, the Old Farmer’s Almanac said it is the first time that the solstice and the June full moon have coincided since 1948.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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