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Do you know what a Strawberry Moon is? Here’s how it got its name & how to see it

It’s the season of sweetness and even the moon agrees.

The Strawberry Moon is coming and you don’t want to miss your best chance at seeing June’s full moon.

When you can see it

June’s Strawberry Moon will reach peak illumination at 11:43 p.m. (eastern time), according to Jesse Emspak of space.com.

If you are in a different time zone, check online to see when the full moon will be illuminated in your area.

How it got its name

Sure, strawberries are a bright red color, but the origin of the Strawberry Moon’s name didn’t necessarily come from this thought.

According to the Farmers Almanac: “This ‘Strawberry Moon’ name has been used by Native American Algonquian tribes that live in the northeastern United States as well as the Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples to mark the ripening of ‘June-bearing’ strawberries that are ready to be gathered.”

Of course, you may catch a glimpse of the reddish color on the full moon anyway, as moons often look red due to light rays passing through layers of the atmosphere.

Other names for this full moon are:

  • Birth Moon for when certain animals are born

  • Blooming Moon because of the flowers during the season

  • Honey Moon because of the many marriages that occur during the month of June

Tips for viewing full moons

If you are planning to view the full moon, here are a few tips:

  • Find a quiet, open area away from lights

  • Bring a telescope if you want to see it up close.

  • Don’t look at your phone too much; your eyes won’t adjust to see the moon in the night sky

Are you planning on watching this full moon? Comment below and let us know.