Sky at night over South Holland is ‘Strawberry Moon’ moment

Summer Solstice Strawberry Moon over St Mary Magdalene's Church, Gedney, on Monday night.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Summer Solstice Strawberry Moon over St Mary Magdalene's Church, Gedney, on Monday night. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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The start of summer has officially come to South Holland and Spalding Today photographer Tim Wilson was on hand to capture it.

This image of a “Strawberry Moon” above a potato field in Gedney was taken by Tim last night just hours before the start of the Summer Solstice, traditionally regarded by astronomers as the longest day of the year with about 17 hours of daylight.

The full moon in June, offering a spectacular backdrop to St Mary Magdelene’s Church, Gedney (also known as “The Cathedral of the Fens”), takes its name from the time when strawberry-picking reaches its peak, ideal for tennis fans with Wimbledon getting under way from Monday.

Both the Summer Solstice and the Strawberry Moon happening together is believed to be a once-in-a-lifetime occurence as they only coincide once every 70 years.