This coming Tuesday moon-gazers are in for a sweet lunar treat. A full Strawberry Moon will light up the night with an incredible red-orange hue.
Despite what you may think, nicknames of the moon are typically given based on the season of that month and not necessarily on the color. This particular nickname comes from June’s abundance of fruit and flowers. According to The Farmers Almanac, “This [Strawberry Moon] name has been used by Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others, to mark the ripening of ”June-bearing” strawberries that are ready to be gathered.” Other traditional names include the Rose Moon, for similar reasons such as roses blooming at this time of year.
How To Catch June’s Strawberry Moon
If weather permits it, this month’s moon will be visible from different parts of the U.S. The Strawberry Moon is best viewed on Tuesday at peak illumination. In Los Angeles moonrise at 8:57 P.M. and the ideal moment of viewing is at 3:53A.M. However, the moon will still appear incredibly large and bright starting Monday and through Wednesday.
In case you don’t get a chance to step outside and catch the moon at its peak, you can find a live stream of it on Tuesday here.