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by Peggy Robin
Yes, I know it was six days ago, but here’s a belated nod to the astronomically amazing summer solstice we enjoyed earlier this week, which was accompanied by the “Strawberry Moon” – a rare confluence of events:
The link above goes to Slate’s “Bad Astronomy” blog, which regularly provides intelligible-to-the-layperson write-ups of the latest in astronomy, as well as clear photos and diagrams. For local photos, my number one go-to source for images of anything that can be seen and photographed overhead in DC is the user photos section at Capital Weather Gang:
My second-best source is DCist:
If you don’t want to take the time to read a blog entry or scroll through photos, then try this 35-second newsclip from CBS:
1967 was the last time the Strawberry Moon fell on the summer solstice, and it won’t happen again until 2062.
Today, June 25, is also a day of note: It’s LEON Day, marking the halfway point to Christmas. The name is NOEL spelled backwards – and this is not a made-up holiday (at least not by me!). Here’s what you get if you Google it:
(These are just two of the many online calendars that come up in response to “Leon Day” as a search term.)
Yes, you can start your Christmas shopping now!
Merry LEON DAY!
Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland ParkListserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.