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What Is A Strawberry Moon? 10 Facts About This Amazing Annual Phenomenon

28 June 2018, 11:27 | Justin Tyler

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The moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 240,000 miles, and there are around 30,000 miles between its closest and its furthest point to Earth.

On June 9, 2017, the regular moon we're used to seeing in the sky will appear to transform into what's known as a Strawberry Moon. Technically, according to Space.com, the moon was at its farthest point from earth on Thursday night. That's because it will be farther from Earth than any other full moon this year.

It only happens once in a blue moon, and it's happening Friday night.

According to EarthSky.org, the Strawberry Full Moon peaks Friday morning, June 9, at 9:10 AM, but the moon won't be visible at this time because it will be below the horizon. Considering that the moon measures about a half degree across, you might assume that when you watch the sky tonight, you'll be able to mentally image at least five full moons in the gap that separates them.

The annual "strawberry moon" will rise again tonight. It will be the sixth full moon on the 2017 lunar calendar and the last full moon of the spring season in the northern hemisphere. With this in mind, the Algonquin Native American tribes lent this month's full moon its nickname as a reminder to pick the quintessential summer fruit come June.

Ottwell added that from a visual point, the June moon's low trajectory takes it through the lowest part of the atmosphere, its light is attenuated and tends to look more amber or golden yellow, thus resembling the color of honey.

And while you're gazing at the moon, look for nearby Saturn! According to Space.com, the June full moon coincides nearly exactly with the apogee - the annual point in time when the moon is farthest from the Earth - popping up just 14 hours and 40 minutes after this moment.

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