Published: Mon, June 17, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Night sky to clear in time for the Strawberry Moon

Night sky to clear in time for the Strawberry Moon

A photo taken of the June full moon before it reached its peak.

And if you miss the Full Moon tonight, do not worry, because Full Moons always appear full for about three days around the peak.

The Strawberry Moon is simply the sixth full moon of 2019, named for the wild berries that native American tribes traditionally harvested at this time of the year.

Instead, the native Algonquin tribe came up with the moniker to mark the short season for harvesting strawberries each June, according to the Farmers' Almanac, which started listing Indian moon names in the 1930s.

One traditional European name for June's was the Honey Moon, which is believed to be where the term for a post-marital getaway comes from.

According to NASA, the moon will be completely full Monday morning around 3:31 a.m. central time.

The next full moon will be July 16.


Whether it's strawberries or honey, the moon is definitely in place to set a sweet tone for the summer. If the moon is low on the horizon - as it is right after it rises - this light scatters out blue colors, leaving orange or red colors.

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.

According to NASA's Gordon Johnston, "the orbit of the Moon around the Earth is nearly in the same plane as the orbit of the Earth around the Sun, only about 5 degrees off".

In fact, the only area of the region with a higher than 10 per cent chance, but less than 25 per cent chance, of frost occurring pm this date onwards appears to be some northern areas of New Brunswick.

The moon will be at its brightest at around 22:30 SAST.

"Say you are in the city, and you're watching between a couple of buildings or over the skyline, it will make it feel that much bigger and give it more impact".

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