When to see the super strawberry moon in June
The June full moon — the first full moon of the summer season of 2021 — will be shining in the night sky this week, and it’s a special one because it will be the third and final “supermoon” of the year.
Because its orbit will be closer to the Earth than an average moon when it turns full, the June “strawberry moon” will appear to be slightly bigger and brighter than usual from our vantage point.
As for its sweet-sounding nickname, don’t expect this celestial body to give off a fruity-red tint. Just like other full moons, the June strawberry moon will appear golden-orange when it’s close to the horizon and white when it’s a bit higher in the sky.
Fun fact: For people living in higher latitudes in Europe, the June full moon is likely to have a bit of a strawberry tint, according to NASA. In that part of the world, the space agency says, “the full moon nearest the summer solstice shines through more atmosphere than at other times of the year, making it more likely to have a reddish color — for the same reasons that sunrises and sunsets are red.”
What time will the June moon be full?
The June strawberry moon will officially be at its fullest phase at 2:40 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, June 24, but it won’t start rising above the horizon — and hanging low in the southeastern sky — until about 8:55 p.m. Thursday in the New York City region.
The moon will also be completely full when it sets about 6 a.m. Friday in the southwestern sky and 99% full when it rises Friday night at about 9:50 p.m.
For the specific moon-rise and moon-set times in your city, check this schedule on TimeAndDate.com.
The most popular nickname of the June full moon “comes from the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in northeastern North America,” NASA says, noting this nickname has been used by virtually every Algonquin tribe in the United States.
Other nicknames for the June full moon?
Just like other monthly moon nicknames, the June full moon has a few additional monikers. In Europe, some people call it the “rose moon” because of the roses that bloom in late June, and some cultures call it the “hot moon” because it usually arrives when the summer heat starts ramping up.
Other people, according to HLNtv.com, refer to the June full moon as the “honey moon” or the “mead moon,” not because June is a popular month for weddings but because “its position is low in the sky (in our hemisphere at least) and the earth’s atmosphere can give it a warm tint.”
When is the next full moon?
The second full moon of the summer season will be shining on the night of July 23, 2021.
The July full moon is commonly known as the full “buck moon,” referring to the growing antlers of male deer in July, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. Its other nicknames include the “thunder moon” and the “hay moon.”
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