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Once in a 'strawberry moon' event

THERE will be once-in-a-generation astronomical event tonight.

And it is for one night only folks!

And if you think it is cold you are right.

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.

The Winter Solstice occurs annually when the southern hemisphere is tilted most away from the sun.

And tonight's full moon is the first time the moon has been at its biggest and brightest on a Winter Solstice since June 1967.

That is 47 years ago.

It's called a 'strawberry moon' and the next time a strawberry moon will occur in the southern hemisphere's Winter Solstice will be on June 21, 2062.

That is in 48 years' time.

So for many of us born around 1970, we missed the first one and we might not make it to see the third.

So rug up and make sure you get outside to glimpse this rare astronomical event; a once-in-a-lifetime full moon on the Winter Solstice.

And don't forget to make a wish.

But you don't need to wish for warmer weather.

That is slowly and surely on its way.

Because from tomorrow, the days get steadily longer and warmer and the nights get shorter.


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