This week will see a purported ‘Strawberry Moon’ ascending over the skies of the UK.
In previous months, everybody have seen Snow Moons, Wolf Moons and even a Pink Moon.
Presently another astonishing brilliant full moon is in store the night of 17 June, yet what is the Pink Moon and how might people see it?
What is the Strawberry Moon?
In spite of its name, the moon is probably not going to turn a hue of strawberry red.
In recent years, traditional Native American names for the full moons have become more common in modern day parlance.
As per the Maine Farmer’s Almanac – which first published the Native American names for the full Moons in the 1930’s – the name originates from the relatively short season for reaping strawberries in northeastern North America.
The name is applied to the full Moon in June or the last full Moon of Spring, however a similar full moon went under numerous other traditional names in different parts of the world.
One old European name for June’s was the Honey Moon, and it’s believed this is the place the team ‘honeymoon’ may have originated from.
The marital phrase dates back to at least the 1500’s, and it’s idea it jumped up because of the custom of marrying in June, and the reality the Honey Moon will have been in the sky around the time of a great deal of nuptials.
Will the moon be red?
The traditional Native American name for June’s full moon recommends it might turn a shade of red, however definitely that is not the situation?
While the moon won’t be as colorful as ripe strawberry, it might really change color somewhat, in the event that people live further north.
The Moon orbits around the Earth on nearly precisely the same plane as the Earth orbits around the Sun. That implies that when the Sun seems most elevated in the sky close to the summer solstice in June, the full Moon inverse our closest star is for the most part at its least in the sky.
At Europe’s higher latitudes – shockingly the UK is altogether too low to see the phenomenon – this implies the full Moon shines through more atmosphere than at different times of the year, which can sometimes give it a reddish tint; it’s a similar science that makes sunsets and sunrises to show up a profound shade of red.
When can people see full moon?
The full moon will be in the night sky on the evening of Monday 17 June.
While the moon will technically be at its fullest at 9.30 am on that day, it won’t be visible at all in the sky, having previously set at around 4.54 am.
It will rise again at around 9.30 pm and won’t set again until about 5.39 am the next morning, which means it will be visible in the entirety of its greatness for the duration of the night – clear skies allowing obviously.