As summer approaches, fresh berries for strawberry cake ideas are usually in order, but June is also blessed with what Native American cultures called the strawberry full moon, and this year is so special that it will also be designated as a giant moon to add to its lunar appeal.
The full moon of June, which is usually seen as the last full moon of spring or first of summer, is called the strawberry moon. In a season filled with four supermoons (occurring monthly from May through August), the June moon event reaches its climax on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:51 AM EST (1151 GMT).
If bad weather misses Tuesday night’s sky, you can watch the strawberry giant moon for June live online in a free webcast from the Virtual Telescope Project (Opens in a new tab) In Secano, Italy. It will start at 3:15 PM EST (1915 GMT).
A supermoon is usually defined as any full moon that is at least 90% away from perigee (that point where the moon is closest to Earth). The June full moon finds itself 222,238.4 miles (357,658 km) from our planet when it rises at dusk. Moon lovers should turn their gaze to the southeast after sunset as the strawberry moon rises elegantly above the horizon.
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Those who live in North American time zones will witness this celestial occurrence later that same evening. For exact times, check our Moonrise Calculator and Arithmetic Set (Opens in a new tab) From the farmer’s calendar to know when it will happen in your area.
Supermoons are often known to be slightly larger than a normal full moon, up to 30% brighter and 17% larger, but in fact they appear to look quite similar, being noted as a bright ball cast in a light golden shade. While the actual full moon time is immediate on Tuesday, it will appear full to the occasional observer from June 13-15.
The Full Strawberry Moon gets its name from its appearance during the short harvest of the strawberry of the same name. This name and other colorful full moon titles found in the pages of The Old Farmer’s Almanac derive from multiple sources, including Native American influences, American colonial traditions, and ancient European customs. Full or new moon names have historically been used to observe certain seasons, but in modern times we use them mostly as nicknames going back to simpler days.
For amateur astronomers wanting to photograph the moon, check out our best astrophotography cameras and best lenses for astrophotography guides for helpful tips. You can also read our timely suggestions on how to shoot the moon with your camera to perfect your lunar photo session.
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