A Rare Honey Moon on the Summer Solstice - Tomorrow, June 20

On June 20, 2016 there will be a very rare Honey Moon at the same time of the summer solstice - the longest day of the year.  

June's full moon is  known as a "Honey Moon" because it can have a slightly golden tint, according to EarthSky.org.  

yellowish 'honey' moon

That's because it appears low in the sky, meaning we are viewing it through the lens of more of the Earth's atmosphere. This is the lowest moon of the year, the moon's path across the sky this month actually mimics the sun's low arc across the sky in December, according to EarthSky.

Pink honey moon rises over Sweden
The June Full Moon rising appears to loom impossibly large near the horizon. That effect has long been recognized as the Moon Illusion

The cause of the giant Moon illusion is poorly understood and not explained by atmospheric optical effects, such as scattering and refraction...they cannot fully explain this !

Majestic scene with honey moon 

 Btw, is this why they call the sojourn after a wedding a Honeymoon? Did everyone get married in June and so that was how the name came about? Just asking.
If you want to know all the names of the moons click here and go to the great blog, Seasonal Wisdom. Teresa O'Connor describes all the moon names - fascinating. 

Again click here for more fascinating info on this event


  1. I like gardening very much. All the images of the plants are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the tips.

    1. Thanks Krishnan! I love to share and I really appreciate hearing back...thank you!

  2. I'll be sure to check for this tonight. Last night we had a lovely moon, but today it is quite cloudy here.

  3. Keeping the plants where it receives sufficient sunlight is very important. Thank you for the good article.

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  5. HI jan
    so happy to see your passion for gardening. I love gardening too but I dont have much space. I live in an apartment and talk about growing herbs in pots or growing plants in balcony http://new2gardensblog.wordpress.com/ - but will love to hear from you your expert tips as I relatively new to it. following you now


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