Get ready to scan the skies for the second supermoon of the year.
The June Strawberry Moon will appear opposite the sun and reach peak illumination at 7:52 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, and it will remain full through Wednesday morning, NASA reported.
But the single moon won’t be visible to astronomers in North America until later Tuesday evening, when it drifts above the horizon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Be on the lookout for a moon that appears larger and brighter than the typical full moon, especially after sunset on Tuesday. The Strawberry Moon will be visible to the southeast as it rises above the horizon with a golden hue.
What is a Super Moon?
Supermoons occur when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth, giving the appearance of a larger and brighter full moon, the Old Farmer’s Almanac said.
The June full moon is 222,238.4 miles from Earth, according to the almanac, and NASA experts say it will reach its closest point to Earth for that orbit – called perigee. — at 7:24 p.m. EDT Tuesday.
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The full moon from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning will be the lowest full moon of 2022. It will reach just 23.3 degrees above the horizon Wednesday morning at 1:56 a.m. EDT.
People living in the south and southwest will be treated to the best views of the June supermoon, and experts say it’s best to check it out as it rises or sets. This is when it will appear largest to the naked eye.
May’s flower moon marked the first supermoon of the year, according to the almanac. The next full supermoon will appear on July 13.
Why is it called the Strawberry Moon?
The June full moon is traditionally dubbed the strawberry moon, but make no mistake: its origin has nothing to do with the hue or appearance of the moon, according to the almanac.
Native American Algonquin tribes inhabiting the northeastern United States — as well as the Ojibwe, Dakota and Lakota peoples — used the strawberry moon to mark the time for picking ripe June strawberries, the almanac said.
According to NASA, the Maine Farmer’s Almanac began publishing Native American names for full moons in the 1930s.
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Other European names for the June full moon have been mead or honeymoon and pink moon.
For any early risers looking to catch a glimpse of the Strawberry Moon, Tuesday will also feature the first sunrise of 2022 at 5:42 a.m. EDT, according to NASA.