When will the Strawberry Moon peak? The best time to see the supermoon

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June will mark the appearance of the Strawberry Moon. It is also sometimes called the Pink Moon and the Hot Moon due to its pink and reddish hues.

It makes its appearance every year during the same month as the summer solstice. This year, astronomy enthusiasts will be able to see it peak on June 14, around 12:51 p.m.

Why is it called the “strawberry moon”?

The reason the June full moon is nicknamed the “strawberry moon” dates back to Native American times.

At this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, the first fruits are ripening – including strawberries – which means strawberries (among other fruits) are ready to be picked.

Thus, Native American tribes used the full moon as an indicator of when to start picking fruit in the summer.

Besides “strawberry,” the June full moon also has different names derived from various Native American tribes, such as:

  • Blooming Moon – Indicative of the blooming season
  • Green Corn Moon and Hoer Moon – Suggest it’s time to take care of young crops
  • Birth Moon, Egg Laying Moon and Hatching Moon – This is when many animals have babies
  • Honeymoon – Towards the end of June was when the honey was ripe. “Honeymoon” may actually come from this noun.

What is a Super Moon?

A supermoon occurs when a full moon is at its closest point to Earth.

This happens because the planet isn’t actually perfectly spherical – and is instead shaped like an ellipse.

This means that when the moon is closest to Earth on the same night as a full moon – commonly known as a supermoon – it appears up to 14% larger and 30% brighter in the sky.

It wasn’t until 1979 that astrologer Richard Nolle first defined the Super Moon, which is now a widely used term.

How can I take a good photo?

To take the perfect shot with your phone, here are some handy tips you should know.

  • Go outside and let your eyes adjust to the dark for 20 minutes first
  • Turn off your flash
  • Adjust your ISO with sensitivity
  • Setting your focus to 100 will also help
  • A night photography app will give you more control over camera settings than your regular camera app

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