'˜Strawberry Moon' to shine over Derry

Stargazers in Derry and Donegal could catch a glimpse of the amazing '˜Strawberry Moon' in the sky on Monday evening.

Monday, 20th June 2016, 5:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:36 pm

The weather forecast for this evening is a mixture of clear and cloudy skies.

The ‘Strawberry Moon’ is a once or twice in a lifetime occurrence and the last time it happened was back in 1967.

A ‘Strawberry Moon’ occurs when a full moon appears in the sky on same day as the summer solstice (the longest day of the year).

Native Americans coined the phrase ‘Strawberry Moon’ not because of its colour but because it signals the start of the strawberry picking season.

The next full moon to fall on the same day as the summer solstice will happen in 46 years time - in 2062.