'Strawberry Moon' Lights Up Sky in Rare Lunar Event

PHOTO: A bird sitting on a branch of a tree is seen in front of a full moon with a slight reddish tint in Jacobsdorf, Germany, June 21 2016.PlayPatrick Pleul/EPA
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Summer arrived in style with a rare strawberry moon that illuminated the sky Monday night.

The moon was low for much of the night and appeared to have an amber hue in some places due to atmospheric conditions. The strawberry name comes from the Algonquin Indians and refers to the relatively short season for harvesting the fruit, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

PHOTO: The full moon rises above the skyscrapers in New York, June 20, 2016. Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
The full moon rises above the skyscrapers in New York, June 20, 2016.
PHOTO: The Summer Solstice moon is shown through the haze of the so-called Fish Fire above Azusa, Calif. June 20, 2016. Gene Blevins/Reuters
The Summer Solstice moon is shown through the haze of the so-called Fish Fire above Azusa, Calif. June 20, 2016.
PHOTO: A full moon rises behind Glastonbury Tor as people gather to celebrate the summer solstice, June 20, 2016, in Somerset, England. Matt Cardy/Getty Images
A full moon rises behind Glastonbury Tor as people gather to celebrate the summer solstice, June 20, 2016, in Somerset, England.

A full moon, of course, isn't a rare event. This occurrence is special, however, because it fell on the same day as the summer solstice. The last time this happened was in June of 1967, according to EarthSky.

The next time the summer solstice and a full moon are expected to fall on the same date will be June 21, 2062.