Published: Mon, June 17, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

The Strawberry Moon arrives tonight! Where to watch, meaning behind this name?

The Strawberry Moon arrives tonight! Where to watch, meaning behind this name?

But the moon won't look like a strawberry: The Algonquin tribes of the northern United States and Canada gave the moon this nickname because it was their signal to harvest strawberries, according to the Farmers' Almanac.

The moon will appear full for about three days, from Saturday night through Tuesday morning.

The names of full moons are derived from the 1930s Maine Farmer's Almanac, which uses Native American names each for month's full moon. In an email to the Tribune, Joe Guzman, founder of the online Chicago Astronomer forum, wrote that most names are of Native American origin; last month was the Full Flower Moon, and next month will be the Full Buck Moon, referring to the seasonal formation of deer antlers. Europeans also call this moon a Mead Moon or the Honey Moon.

A full moon is due to take place on 17 June, Monday - the sixth full moon in 2019 that is expected to peak everywhere on Earth at the same local time.

Contrary to what you may believe, however, June's full moon isn't necessarily named because of its color. There are other old myths surrounding the Strawberry moon.

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But it could also glow a red hue.

Serendipitously, the moon may boast a reddish-orange tint, but Nichols said this spectacle is routine for all moons, even those without a fruity name.

The best time to view the Strawberry Moon will vary depending on the time zone. In Europe it is sometimes called the Rose Moon or Hot Moon, for the beginning of the summer heat.

Sadly, this month's full moon won't be as colourful as the name suggests, although it may change colour slightly the further north it is seen from.

But the good news is once the Moon slowly creeps over the horizon later tonight, it will still be exceptionally bright and attractive. Those eager to spot the Strawberry Moon should start looking then, weather permitting.

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