lets get ready for a strawberry full moon

As mentioned above, the next full Moon will be on Friday afternoon, June 5, with the Moon appearing opposite the Sun in Earth-based longitude at 3:12 PM EDT. The Moon will pass through part of the shadow of the Earth, causing a partial penumbral eclipse of the Moon that we will not be able to see from North America.

The Moon will be close enough to opposite the Sun that it will pass through part of the partial shadow of the Earth, called a partial penumbral eclipse of the Moon. During this eclipse the Moon will not be in the sky for most of the Americas. If we could see the Moon, the slight dimming during this eclipse will not be noticeable without instrumentation.

The Maine Farmer’s Almanac first published “Indian” names for the full Moons in the 1930’s. According to this Almanac, as the full Moon in June and the last full Moon of spring, the Algonquin tribes called this the Strawberry Moon. The name comes from the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in the north-eastern United States.

For Hindus this full Moon corresponds with Vat Purnima. During the 3 days of this full Moon married women will show their love for their husbands by tying a ceremonial thread around a banyan tree. The celebration is based on the legend of Savitri and Satyavan.

As twilight ends on the evening of the full Moon on Friday, June 5, (at 9:42 PM EDT for the Washington, DC area), the planet Mercury will appear about 6 degrees above the horizon in the west-northwest. The bright star appearing nearest to directly overhead will be Arcturus, appearing (for Washington, DC and similar latitudes) 68 degrees above the horizon in the south-southeast. As the lunar cycle progresses, the background of stars and the planet Mercury will appear to shift towards the west. By Tuesday, June 16, Mercury will have set when evening twilight ends. By Thursday, June 25, the planet Jupiter will begin rising in the east-southeast as twilight ends.

These heavenly sights are always pleasant and wonder to watch.

Images credits to Time Magazine.