When should you see the 'strawberry moon' light up the sky on Friday evening?

Mark your calendars and look to the heavens: Friday evening, just after the start of summer, another exciting celestial event will take place.

The full moon, a so-called “strawberry moonBecause of its pink or reddish hue, it is expected to appear right after the summer solstice, which marks the start of summer and the longest period of sunlight of the year for the Northern Hemisphere, according to NASA.

The moon is expected at 9:08 PM Eastern Standard Time and will be opposite the sun, according to NASA. In Los Angeles, the moon is expected to rise at approximately 7:24 PM and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:13 AM. Local times can be found at timeanddate.com.

The Full Moon only occurs about every 19 to 20 years within a day of the summer solstice. Space.com. This time, the moon is expected to appear full for about three days.

The name “strawberry moon” comes from the Native American Algonquin tribes and describes when strawberries ripen and are ready to be harvested in June, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

“Since the June 2024 full moon occurs on the solstice, the very day the sun is at its absolute highest point of the year, this month's full moon on the 21st is the very lowest full moon, indeed, the lowest ever we've seen in years,” the Almanac reported. “Look! Because the moon is so low, it appears larger than ever. This is called the 'Moon illusion.'

The European name for this moon, according to NASA, is the 'mead' or 'honey moon'. Mead, known in some countries as honey wine, is made by fermenting honey with fruits or other herbs. Meanwhile, the term “honeymoon” dates back to 16th century Europe and refers to getting married in June because it is the “sweetest” moon of the year.

The moon takes on a reddish orange color due to its low position in the sky and its proximity to the horizon. Because the moon is so low, it also means that the sky will be darker due to the lower level of moonlight.

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