Andrew Cleland,  a South African from Johannesburg has captured the most incredible photo of the winter solstice over Johannesburg which has taken social media by storm.

This year’s solstice coincides with the Strawberry Moon – a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June solstice.

The name comes from the Latin solstitium meaning “sun stands still”. It happens because the sun stops heading north at the Tropic of Cancer and then returns back southwards.

But 2016 is a special year, because the solstice coincides with the Strawberry Moon, a once-in-a-lifetime occurence.

The Strawberry moon, is a full moon, which occurs in June, named by early Native American tribes. It is a full moon like any other, but marks the beginning of the strawberry season in America. The two events coincide once every 70 years.

Budding photographer, Andrew Cleland from Beatroute captured the strawberry moon over Johannesburg which has since been shared thousands of times across the social platforms.

Here’s more of the epic shots.

Winter Solstice Full Moon-2 Winter Solstice Full Moon-3

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