Everything You Need To Know About The Strawberry Moon

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Make sure to turn upward from phones for a few minutes tonight to see the Strawberry Moon, which will be obvious from sundown to sunrise.

Will the Strawberry Full Moon be red? Every month there is a full moon occurrence and each one has a particular name.

Europeans have called the moon the full "rose moon", because of its occasional reddish or rose color when its in the sky.

It is the sixth of this year's 12 named Full Moon phases and space agency NASA says it is the "sweetest" full moon of the year.

So, obviously, strawberry moon = big red full moon, right?

While the full moon of June does have a special name, it won't look like an actual berry - the name "Strawberry Moon" actually comes from the Algonquin tribe, who used the full moon's appearance to mark the start of the short strawberry picking season, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

"Particularly for Europe's higher latitudes, the full moon nearest the summer solstice shines through more atmosphere than at other times of the year".

The Strawberry Moon followed May's Flower Moon, named for the abundant blooming that month, before July's Full Buck Moon, marking the month buck deers' antlers usually emerge, according to the Almanac.

According to Mr Johnston, the orbit of the Moon around the Earth is nearly in the same plane as the orbit of the Earth around the Sun, around 5 degrees off. This might have been due to the colour of the moon.

He adds that the sun will appear highest in the sky near the summer solstice, with the moon opposite the Sun, appearing lowest in the sky.

Wait until it's fully dark outside for optimal viewing.

The Strawberry Moon will be visible everywhere, weather permitting.

When viewed from the United Kingdom, the Full Moon will peak in brightness around 10.38pm BST (9.38pm UTC).

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