Full Strawberry Moon 2024. Ahead of us is one of the “most unique astronomical phenomena of this year”

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The Strawberry Moon will shine in the night sky. The upcoming full moon will be particularly impressive because the Silver Globe will hang extremely low above the horizon. This will make it appear larger than usual and may even turn orange.

On the night from Friday to Saturday we will be able to admire the full moon. In our time zone, the maximum of this phenomenon will occur at 3:08 on Saturday. The June full moon is called the Strawberry Full Moon.

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An impressive phenomenon

As Karol Wójcicki, popularizer of astronomy and author of the blog “With your head in the stars”, explained on social media, the upcoming full moon will be particularly spectacular because it will fall very shortly after the summer solstice.

– The phenomenon will occur just over 24 hours after the summer solstice, making the full moon extremely low. In the north of the country, the Moon will be only 6 degrees above the southern horizon, he explained.

This is due to the position of the full Moon relative to the Sun. From the perspective of an Earth observer, full moons are “opposite” our star, so when the Sun is highest in the sky on the summer solstice, the Moon will be relatively low. At higher latitudes, such a low Moon shines through more of the atmosphere, which can cause it to appear orange or reddish in color – which is why sunrises and sunsets are red.

Wójcicki added that the upcoming full moon will be the lowest since 2006. – So we will have a big and orange Moon all night long. Is that reason enough not to miss this phenomenon? – said the astronomy popularizer, adding that the full moon may turn out to be “one of the most unique astronomical phenomena of this year.”

Strawberry Full Moon. Where does this name come from?

The customary names for the full moon were given by the indigenous peoples of North America. The June full moon is called the Strawberry Moon, which refers to the strawberry picking season. Other terms originating from this cultural circle include the Green Corn Moon or the Hot Moon. Celtic tribes called the June full moon the Horse Moon, the Honey Moon and the Rose Moon.

Full moon

The full moon is one of the four phases of the moon. It occurs when the Silver Globe is in opposition to the Sun, i.e. on the opposite side of the Earth from our star. During a full moon, the entire disk of the Moon is visible, fully illuminated by sunlight. This phenomenon occurs on average every 29.5 days.

Moon phasesNASA/Bill Dunford

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