The Strawberry Moon 2019 is upon us and we have all the information you may need about this celestial event.
Why is it called the Strawberry Moon?
Before you get too excited you should know the moon isn't going to actually look like a big, round strawberry. In North America, the name comes from the Algonquin tribes of Native Americans because the full moon was a sign for them to begin harvesting wild strawberries.
What are its other names?
This moon has many other names. In Europe, it goes by the Honey Moon, Mead Moon or the Full Rose Moon. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is known as Oak Moon, Cold Moon or Long Night Moon.
What's the best time to see it?
"The next full Moon will be on Monday morning, June 17, 2019, appearing "opposite" the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 4:31 AM EDT. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Saturday night through Tuesday morning," said NASA's Gordon Johnston.
This means you will have plenty of time to see it.
Will it have a slight pink hue?
"The orbit of the Moon around the Earth is almost in the same plane as the orbit of the Earth around the Sun (only about 5 degrees off). When the Sun appears highest in the sky near the summer solstice, the full Moon opposite the Sun generally appears lowest in the sky. Particularly for Europe's higher latitudes, the full Moon nearest the summer solstice shines through more atmosphere than at other times of the year. This can give the full Moon a reddish or rose color (for much the same reasons that a rising or setting Sun appears red)," said Johnston.
Having said this it should be noted that the only times the moon takes a bold red hue is during a total lunar eclipse. This is when the Moon hides in the Earth’s shadow.
When is the next full moon?
The next full moon after the Strawberry Moon is on July 16. It is called the Buck Moon and will ordain the night skies as the seventh full moon of the year.