For the first time since 1967, we start summer with a ‘Strawberry Moon’

summer solstice full moon strawberry 30668659
dimitargeorgievz / 123RF Stock Photo
So today is the first day of summer, aka the summer solstice,  But it’s more than that. The summer solstice this year is of special significance because tonight is also a full moon. And when the summer solstice and a full moon happen on the same day, it’s called a Strawberry Moon, according to Earth Sky.

The sun is at its highest point of the year and the moon at its lowest today, and that’s what can cause the moon to be cast in unusual colors. The Algonquin tribes called it a Strawberry Moon because in the U.S. Northeast the beginning of summer kicked off strawberry harvest season, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. In other parts of the world, especially where strawberries aren’t native, it’s sometimes called the Full Rose Moon or the Honey Moon. The actual color is usually more like honey or amber, depending on what’s in the atmosphere.

Strawberry Moons don’t happen often — the last time was in the Northern Hemisphere was in 1967, as it happens, at the kickoff of the Summer of Love. The next time a full moon and the summer solstice occur on the same day will be June 21, 2062.

If you want to watch the summer solstice and the full moon tonight to check out the color, the exact timing isn’t crucial. It’s not like an eclipse that can pass in a minute or two.

Summer officially begins at 6:34 p.m. ET and the full moon has been in effect since 7:02 a.m. ET. So the moon is just waiting for the setting of the sun, which sounds kind of romantic (that whole Summer of Love effect?).

If you can’t get outside to watch the Strawberry Moon, you can catch it on live-stream starting at 6:30 p.m. ET complete with commentary by astronomers from  the Farmer’s Almanac and Slooh, an online network of robotic telescopes.

Product Review

Montblanc Summit 2 offers smart functionality but still looks good with a suit

Montblanc’s Summit 2 is the first smartwatch to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. It’s feature packed, with GPS, NFC for Google Pay, and a heart rate sensor, but it also has the classic timepiece look.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Movies & TV

Ice meets fire in HBO's latest 'Game of Thrones' season 8 teaser

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Emerging Tech

China to launch the first mission to the far side of the moon

China plans to launch a spacecraft to the far side of the moon this month. The Chang’e-4 spacecraft is scheduled to take off on December 8 carrying a lander and rover, which will touch down on the lunar surface
Emerging Tech

Early-detection system for wildfires could save many states from big burns

When it comes to dealing with the growing problem of raging wildfires, a new wireless smart sensor system could help spot burgeoning blazes before they rage out of control. Here's how it works.
Outdoors

Light up the night! Here are the five best headlamps money can buy

Headlamps make all the difference when camping or walking the dog at night, especially when you're in need of both hands. From Black Diamond and Petzl to Coast here are some of the best headlamps on the market.
Emerging Tech

Elon Musk to unveil tunnel elevators and autonomous pods on December 18

We'll soon learn if Elon Musk's high-speed tunnel plan is a serious effort at ending traffic jams or little more than a fancy theme park ride. A big unveiling event is coming on December 18, a week later than originally planned.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.
Emerging Tech

Feast your eyes on the wildest, most elaborate Rube Goldberg machines ever built

Want to see something totally mesmerizing? Check out several of the best Rube Goldberg machines from across the internet, including one that serves cake and other that do ... nothing particularly useful.
Emerging Tech

The 20 best tech toys for kids will make you wish you were 10 again

Looking for the perfect toy or gadget for your child? Thankfully, we've rounded up some of our personal favorite tech toys, including microscopes, computer kits, and a spherical droid from a galaxy far, far away.
Emerging Tech

Scoot your commute! Here are the 9 best electric scooters on the market

Electric scooters are an affordable, convenient way to minimize your carbon footprint and zip around town. Check out 8 of our current favorites, whether you're working with a budget or have some cash to spare.
Emerging Tech

Sick of walking everywhere? Here are the best electric skateboards you can buy

Thanks for Kickstarter and Indiegogo, electric skateboards are carving a bigger niche than you might think. Whether you're into speed, mileage, or something a bit more stylish, here are the best electric skateboards on the market.
Emerging Tech

Hear the sounds of wind on Mars from InSight’s latest audio recording

NASA's InSight craft has captured the sound of the wind blowing on the surface of Mars. The audio file was picked up by the air pressure sensor and the seismometer which detected vibrations from the 10 to 15 mph winds in the area.
Features

Has Columbus, Ohio raised its IQ yet? A progress report from the mayor

Two years ago, the city of Columbus in Ohio received $40 million to pursue smart city initiatives. So, what’s happened since then? We spoke with its mayor, Andrew Ginther, to discuss progress and what’s ahead.