Did you see the strawberry moon last night?

For the first time in almost 70 years, the strawberry moon rose over Southern California during the summer solstice. The solstice arrives at 6:34 p.m. ET, marking the start of summer in the northern hemisphere as the days get shorter and the nights grow longer.

The Doodle features a squirrel hopping along a family of anthropomorphized rocks at night during a full moon to reach a strawberry that he suddenly drops once the rock comes to life.

The incredibly rare astrological phenomenon last occurred in 1967 and won't take place again until June 21, 2062.

The last time a full moon landed on the summer solstice was in 1948, the Old Farmer's Almanac reported.

And the two events coincide only once every 70 years. "By landing exactly on the solstice, this full moon doesn't just rise as the sun sets, but is opposite the sun in all other ways, too. This forces its light through thicker air, which also tends to be humid this time of year, and the combination typically makes it amber colored".

  • Sheila Mcguire