Sky watchers will have yet another chance to glimpse a full moon in June of 2022 — but this one is special. Mid-June will see the Strawberry Moon.
If you’re interested in seeing it for yourself, then here’s what you need to know.
When to view the June 2022 full moon
As NASA notes, the June 2022 full moon isn’t called a Strawberry Moon because it looks like a strawberry. Algonquin tribes in Canada and the United States gave the moon its name. The moon was named after the flower, which is very common in these regions.
The June full moon is expected to peak at 7:52 a.m. eastern on Tuesday, June 14. The Moon will, of course, also be visible throughout the entire night. It will peak at its fullness in the morning. If the skies don’t cooperate, you can also view it on Wednesday, June 15, for a nearly full appearance.
NASA calls June 2022’s full moon “marginal Supermoon.” This is the time when the Moon comes closest to Earth. It creates the illusion that the Moon is larger than normal. This is called the perigee. Since it isn’t a full Supermoon, it’s likely most sky watchers won’t notice much difference in the Moon’s size.
A Moon by any other name
Like most full Moons, June 2022’s full moon has multiple names it can go by. Many call it Strawberry Moon, but that is because of the Algonquin title. An old European name for this full Moon is the Honey Moon or Mead Moon. The end of June was historically when honey could be harvested. Some considered June’s full moon the “sweetest”.
Many use the term “the honeymoon” to describe the first month of marriage. Historically, June has always been a customary month for weddings. Some have attributed the name to that particular full moon.
Others call it the Flower Moon, Hoe Moon, Planting Moon, or even the Hot Moon. It doesn’t matter what name you give it, June 2022’s Full Moon will shine brightly when it fills up the sky. Make sure to head outside on the night of June 13 and June 14 for a glimpse at this beautiful full Moon.
Because of the time of the year, June’s full Moon won’t last as long as the one we saw in December of 2022. However, there’s still plenty of time to appreciate this beautiful sight. You won’t want it to pass by, as the next full moon won’t appear until mid-July.
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