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 The Strawberry Moon
21/06 - 2016

The Strawberry Moon

Tonight, as I fly across the Atlantic Ocean in Solar Impulse 2, I will experience a phenomenon that has not occurred in 68 years: the Strawberry Moon. It happens when the summer solstice and the Full Moon coincide. June 20th is the longest day of the year, with 17 hours of sunlight and this year it is followed by a bright full moon to guide me across the Atlantic Ocean in my solar-powered airplane.

 

It was called the Strawberry Moon by the Algonquin tribes of North America who used it as an indication that it was strawberry picking season. It is a rare event, as the sun sits high in the sky, the moon hovers close to the horizon. This natural phenomenon pushes light through thick, humid air, which results in an amber-colored moon.


It is a beautiful coincidence to fly a solar-powered airplane on the longest day of the year, led by both the sun and moon through my first day of this 4-day adventure across the Atlantic Ocean. Two signatures meet in the sky.

This blog post has been originally published here. 

This is what the strawberry moon looked like from Monaco:

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