While there is no single definition, the term supermoon generally refers to a full moon that appears brighter and larger than the other moons because it is in its close orbit to Earth.
To the casual observer, the supermoon may appear similar in size to the other moons. However, the observed change in brightness enhances visibility and creates a great opportunity for people to begin to become interested in the moon and its phases, said Noah Petro, head of NASA’s Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Laboratory.
The best views of the June full moon in the United States will be in the southern half of the country and the southwest. A series of weak storms will move through the Northeast and Great Lakes regions early in the week, creating cloudy conditions that will make it difficult to get a clear view, said Jane Norman, a CNN meteorologist.
Petro recommends that lunar investigators look for a clear horizon and avoid areas with tall buildings and dense forests. It also urges people to stay away from bright lights if possible to maximize visibility.
In Europe, this moon is often called the honey moon or the mead moon, and historical writings from the region indicate that the honey was ready for harvest around the end of the month. Additionally, the name honeymoon may refer to June as a popular month for marriages.
This full moon corresponds to the Hindu festival of Vat Purnima, a celebration in which married women tie a ceremonial thread around a banyan tree and fast to pray for the husband to live a long life.
For Buddhists, this moon is the Poson Poya moon, named after the holiday celebrating the introduction of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in 236 BC.
- September 10: Harvest Moon
Lunar and solar eclipse
There will be another total lunar and partial solar eclipses in 2022, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
A partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun but blocks only some of its light. Make sure to wear the appropriate eclipse glasses to view the solar eclipse safely because sunlight can damage the eyes.
A total lunar eclipse will also be visible to those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America on November 8 between 3:01 a.m. ET and 8:58 a.m. ET, but the moon will be absent for those in the eastern regions of North America.
- Aquarid South Delta: July 29-30
- Capricorn Alpha: July 30 to 31
- Perseids: August 11-12
- Orionids: from 20 to 21 October
- Southern Torres: 4-5 November
- North Torres: November 11-12
- Leonids: 17-18 November
- Geminids: From December 13 to 14
- Ursids: from December 21 to 22
If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive somewhere where the city lights aren’t scattered for the best view.
Look for an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight. Give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes – without looking at your phone or other electronic devices – to adjust to the darkness so that the meteors are easier to spot.