This is how you see the full moon “Strawberry” – the last super moon of 2021
Of a lunar eclipse to a part Solar eclipse to Super moons, 2021 was a spectacular year for lunar events. But this month marks the last super moon of the year, with the full moon “Strawberry” lighting up the night sky next week.
A super moon occurs when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, known as perigee. It appears slightly larger and brighter than a typical full moon. Scientists have yet to agree on how to officially classify the phenomenon, so there is some disagreement over whether the moon is considered a super moon in June.
“For 2021, some publications consider the four full moons from March to June, some the three full moons from April to June, and some only the two full moons in April and May as super moons,” said NASA’s Gordon Johnston.
The June full moon is often referred to as the Strawberry Moon, which is named by Indian tribes for the strawberries that are harvested in parts of North America during this time of year, according to the Peasant Almanac. Unfortunately, the color of the moon does not match its name.
The strawberry moon typically marks the last full moon of spring or the first of summer. It was also called the blooming moon, the green corn moon, the hoermond, the natal moon, the egg-laying moon and the hatching moon, the honey moon and the metmond, said The Farmer’s Almanac.
The term “honeymoon” can be associated with this full moon, possibly because of the tradition of getting married in June or because the “honeymoon” is the “sweetest” moon of the year.
The full moon will peak at 2:40 p.m. on Thursday, June 24th. ET, but won’t be visible until it rises above the horizon later that evening. It will appear full for about three days, from about Wednesday morning to Saturday morning.
The exact moonrise and moonset times for your location can be found on timeanddate.com.
You do not have a clear view of the heavenly event from your location? You can instead watch it live from home with the live stream of the moon over Rome from the Virtual Telescope Project on June 24th from 3:00 p.m. ET.