Saturday, June 25, 2016

Still Life with Robin: Strawberry Moon Night and Leon Day

USFWS via Wikimedia Creative Commons
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!


Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland ParkListserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

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