Strawberry Moon 2019: Moon may glow red in stunning lunar phenomenon

Katie Ramirez
June 17, 2019

The name Rose Moon is derived from the romantic connotations the full moon has to this time of the year. Coinciding with Father's Day on Sunday, June 16, the upcoming "Strawberry Moon" will not be the only treat for this weekend: Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, will also be particularly bright and visible during this time as a result of its unusually close proximity to the Earth.

The Full Moon will gradually rise in the southeast until it sets in the southwest on Tuesday morning around 5.39am BST (4.39am UTC).

- In the early morning hours of Monday, June 17, the full moon will appear opposite the sun.

The title Strawberry Moon, Nichols said, derives exclusively from the time of year. That's very "normal" June weather for the month's full moon!

The name is thought to derive from native American tribes who noticed wild strawberries ripened in June and were ready for harvest.

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Whether it's strawberries or honey, the moon is definitely in place to set a sweet tone for the summer. It should be noted that the only time moon takes a bold red hue is during a total lunar eclipse.

Mead Moon is an old European name. In Europe it is sometimes called the Rose Moon or Hot Moon, for the beginning of the summer heat.

The Full Moon peaked earlier today around 9.30am BST (8.30am BST), here in the United Kingdom, before the Moon rose over the horizon.

This moon has other names in other parts of the world. Sadly, this doesn't mean the moon will be red - or even pinkish. A good rule of thumb, she said, is to time moon-gazing to the sunset.

But the good news is once the Moon slowly creeps over the horizon later tonight, it will still be exceptionally bright and lovely. This might have been due to the colour of the moon. Those eager to spot the Strawberry Moon should start looking then, weather permitting.

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