UNITED STATES: Prepare to be awe-struck as the night sky lights up with the breathtaking illumination of the strawberry moon this weekend. Known as the last full moon of spring or sometimes the first of summer, this celestial event promises to captivate stargazers with its radiant presence.
To witness the full moon in all its glory, simply direct your gaze towards the southeast just after sunset. NASA estimates that the moon will reach its brightest point at 11:42 p.m. on Saturday and will be fully visible for three days. For precise local timings, stargazers can make use of The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s full moon calculator and also check the local weather forecast for optimal viewing conditions.
The strawberry moon’s name is not derived from its appearance or colour, despite what its name suggests. The name was created by Native American tribes to denote the ripening of “June-bearing” strawberries and to represent a season of abundance for harvest. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanack, June transforms into a season of tremendous abundance for many as flowers bloom and early fruits ripen.
In addition to the strawberry moon’s allure, residents in specific regions will enjoy an additional celestial treat. People located in Argentina and the Atlantic Daylight Time zones, spanning across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia up to the International Date Line, will witness the presence of Antares, the brightest star in the Scorpius constellation. Antares will be positioned a few degrees to the right of the moon, adding to the grandeur of the spectacle.
Two extraordinary planets will also be visible in the evening sky on Saturday. In the west, Venus will be visible as a dazzling orb close to the horizon. Once night falls, Mars will appear as a dim, reddish star just above Venus.
The June full moon holds diverse cultural and traditional significance in different regions. Since June was originally the month of marriage and is linked to Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage, it has been referred to as the honeymoon in European mythology.
Hindus associate the full moon and its three-day visibility with Vat Purnima, a festival during which wives show their husbands their devotion by tying sacred threads around banyan trees.
Appreciate the magic of the strawberry moon, as it not only brightens the night sky but also carries symbolic meaning for various groups all over the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the celestial spectacle and marvel at the wonders of the universe. Gather your loved ones and make it a memorable experience under the canopy of the strawberry moon.
So mark your calendars, set your reminders, and prepare to be mesmerized as the strawberry moon lights up the night sky this weekend. It’s an event that promises to leave stargazers in awe and remind us of the beauty and wonder that lie beyond our earthly boundaries.