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A Father’s Day spectacle in the sky: Strawberry Moon

(AccuWeather) – Father’s Day celebrations will end with a full ‘Strawberry Moon’, the first full moon in the month of June and the last full moon of spring. However, thunderstorms and partially cloudy skies will complicate viewing it in some portions of the United States but not Arizona.

Bird sitting on a branch of a tree in front of a full moon with a slight reddish tint. The natural occurrence of the June full moon is called the Strawberry Moon. Photo by NBC/EPA/PATRICK PLEUL
Bird sitting on a branch of a tree in front of a full moon with a slight reddish tint. The natural occurrence of the June full moon is called the Strawberry Moon. Photo by NBC/EPA/PATRICK PLEUL

The moon will rise around sunset and dip back below the horizon around sunrise, reaching its fullest at 4:30 a.m. EDT (1:30 a.m. Arizona time), Monday morning. However, according to NASA, it will appear full for about three days around this time.

The last full moon of June received its name from Algonquin Native Americans in eastern North America, who took it as the cue to start harvesting the now-ripe wild strawberries, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Europeans have called the same moon the full ‘Rose Moon’, which may come from its occasional reddish or rose color while hanging in the European sky. This can happen when the the full moon nearest to the summer solstice shines through more of the Earth’s atmosphere than at other times of the year, according to NASA. The agency charts the sun in the Washington, D.C. area to only reach the height of 29.1 degrees above the horizon Monday morning, which will make it the lowest full moon of the year.

The name”‘Mead Moon” comes from the drink that is made by fermenting honey mixed with water, tying in with the other name “Honey Moon.” It’s also thought that the time of this full moon was when honey was ready for harvest. It’s unclear how close relations of the “Honey Moon” might be to the “honeymoon” that comes after marriage, as the Farmer’s Almanac says June was a traditional month for marriages.

This Father’s Day, the full Strawberry Moon will also be in conjunction with Jupiter, the planet to shine just above the moon.

“A conjunction is a celestial event in which two planets or a planet and the moon or a planet and a star appear close together in the night sky,” according to the NASA website.

The moon came into conjunction with Mars earlier this month, and will come into conjunction with Saturn on June 18, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The next full moon will by July 16, the full ‘Buck Moon’.

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