Catch the full 'Strawberry Moon' rising tonight

Cesar Mills
June 28, 2018

The Strawberry Moon celebrates the coming of prime strawberry-picking season, which reaches its peak in June, according to Space.com.

The moon should have a bright color as it passes over the horizon, and it will look slightly smaller than it usually does because it will be near apogee, which is when the moon is farthest from the Earth.

Sky watchers will have a chance to catch a glimpse of the full "strawberry moon" on Friday, June 9.

There's a very straightforward explanation: The Strawberry Moon is a bit smaller than the other full moons, due its changing position in relation to the Earth. When it's closest to Earth, the full moon is known as a "supermoon".

Will it be a good night for moon gazing?

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If you don't get a chance to see the full strawberry moon on Friday night, you can check out the near-full moon as it rises in the eastern sky after sunset (about 8:25 p.m.) on Thursday night, June 8, or on Saturday night, June 10.

The moon will be at its fullest (99.7% full) the following morning at 1:08 a.m.

"As with any moon at the vicinity of full moon, it'll light up the nighttime from early evening until dawn", the website notes.

When the moon turns full, it will not even be entirely visible at that time across the United States, as it will have already set some hours before.

"The moon won't look any different than it normally does", he says. So tonight, you might be able to picture two or three moons squeezed between them, but certainly not five. With this in mind, the Algonquin Native American tribes lent this month's full moon its nickname as a reminder to pick the quintessential summer fruit come June. So if you're planning on looking up at the moon, notice the bright-looking object close to the moon. For many areas it will be, according to the National Weather Service's sky cover forecast.

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