It’s time for another notable celestial event. Be sure to cast your gaze toward the sky tonight for 2018’s Strawberry Moon. And for the keen-eyed, there’s a heavenly bonus with a prominent appearance from Saturn.
So you’re not disappointed or confused, first things first: The moon isn’t going to actually look like a big round strawberry. That’s because in North America, the name comes from Algonquin tribes of Native Americans. This full moon was their sign to harvest wild strawberries, says the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
That’s because in North America, the name comes from Algonquin tribes of Native Americans. This full moon was their sign to harvest wild strawberries, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
This has other names in other parts of the world. In Europe, you may hear it called the Honey Moon, Mead Moon or the Full Rose Moon. In the Southern Hemisphere, it can go by Oak Moon, Cold Moon or Long Night Moon, according to EarthSky.org.
How so? The time around the end of June was when honey was ripe and ready to be harvested from hives or from the wild, some writings have suggested, according to NASA. The word “honeymoon” traces back to at least the 1500s in Europe.
What’s the best time to see it?
In the United States, the peak of the full moon happens depending on your time zone. In the Eastern Time Zone, that will happen at 12:53 a.m. Thursday, June 28. Back on the West Coast, peak time will be 9:53 p.m. PT Wednesday, June 27.
In the Eastern Time Zone of the United States, the next full moon will be on Friday afternoon, June 5, at 3:12 p.m, although it won’t be visible until dusk. In the United Kingdom, it will appear at 8:12 p.m.
See the upper right side of the timeanddate.com page to get the time for your location.
But remember, peak time doesn’t mean your only viewing time. The moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from early Thursday morning into early Sunday morning, said NASA.
“My favorite time to watch the full moon is as it is rising over the eastern horizon. When the moon is low on the horizon, it allows you to capture the view with objects in the foreground, making the moon appear bigger,” Jones said.
“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.” He adds that if you’re around the ocean, a lake or mountains, the perspective could be very pleasing.
On June 5, the moon will also pass through part of the shadow of the Earth, causing a partial penumbral eclipse. It won’t be visible in North America, but people in Europe and Africa and eastward to Asia and Australia may see a very subtle darkening of the moon’s color.
And the next full moon after the Strawberry is the Full Buck Moon on Sunday, July 5.