It is time to organize another remarkable celestial event. Be sure to look to the sky for the 2019 Strawberry Moon. And for the more insightful, there is a divine bonus with a visible appearance of one of our planets.
So, you are not disappointed or confused, first: the moon will not really look like a big round strawberry. This is because in North America, the name comes from the Native American tribes of the Algonquins. According to the almanac of The Old Farmer, this full moon allowed them to harvest strawberries.
This moon has other names in other parts of the world. In Europe you can hear about honeymoon, Mead Moon or Full Rose Moon. In the southern hemisphere, it can go through Oak Moon, Cold Moon or Long Night Moon, according to EarthSky.org.
When is the best time to see it?
The peak of the full moon occurs depending on your time zone.
In the eastern United States, it will be Monday, June 17 at 4:30 am. On the west coast with Pacific time, the peak will be 1:30. On the other side of the globe , New Delhi, India, will see rush hour of 14 hours
Check out the top right portion of the timeanddate.com page to get the time of your position.
But remember, rush hour does not just mean your watch time. As the old farmer's almanac points out, the moon will be full to viewers on Father's Day (Sunday, June 16) shortly after sunset.
For the best impression, do not look at rush hour, but while the moon is still low in the horizon, said CNN meteorologist Judson Jones.
"My favorite moment to watch the full moon is the rising on the horizon. When the moon is low on the horizon, it allows you to capture the view with objects in the foreground, making it look bigger, "said Jones.
"Suppose you're in town and looking between two buildings or on the horizon, it will make it feel even bigger and give it more impact." He adds that if lake or mountains, the prospect could be very nice.
Now, about this heavenly bonus. You may notice a shining object that floats just above the moon. It will not be a star, but Jupiter.
The largest planet in the solar system has actually made its closest approach to Earth in 2019 on June 10, but remains visible in the night sky. Even ordinary binoculars should yield impressive results.
For those who like to follow earthly and celestial events, the summer solstice gets ready in a few days – Friday, June 21st.
And the next full moon after the strawberry is the Full Buck Moon on July 16th.