Full strawberry moon arrives soon. Here’s when to see it

The Strawberry Moon arrives at 9:10 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2024, though observers will get a better view after moonrise, expected around 9:15 p.m. This year’s full moon is particularly unique, as it will occur on the summer solstice for the first time since 1985, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The full moon occurs when the moon is opposite of the sun, causing the nearside of the moon to be fully illuminated, according to NASA. The full moon in June is also known as the Green Corn Moon by the Cherokee or Blooming Moon by the Anishinaabe. The full lunar cycle, including all phases from new moon through full moon and back again, takes 29.5 days. And sorry to disappoint, but the moon won’t be a vibrant shade of red, but rather a lovely shade of gold.

Strawberry moon viewing: Rochester NY weather forecast

Cloudy skies are expected across the Rochester region Friday night, which could make viewing the strawberry moon dicey at best, said Liz Jurkowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. But there’s a chance, she noted. The day, she said, should also be “cooler,” with highs “only reaching” the low- to mid-80s, rather than the heat wave with three straight days in the 90s that Rochester has endured since Monday.

What does the strawberry moon mean?

According to the Almanac, the name “strawberry moon” was given its name by the Native American Algonquian tribes who lived in the northwestern U.S. The Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota tribes also used the name to mark the full moon to the harvesting of wild strawberries in June.

When can you see the strawberry moon?

The moon will travel on a low arc across the sky this month, which will allow the Earth’s atmosphere to reflect in the moonlight, giving it an orange or yellow hue.

The full moon is best viewed from North America on Friday when it rises in the east just before dusk. Choose a spot where you can get a low view of the eastern horizon after checking the moonrise and moonset times for your location.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has an online tool to help you find out when moonrise and moonset will occur in your area. Try searching your city or ZIP code here. According to the tool, downtown Rochester will see a 9:15 p.m. moonrise on Friday and a 5:31 a.m. moonset.

What is the summer solstice?

The solstice marks the beginning of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This day is known as the “longest” because it sees the most hours of daylight of the year. This year’s solstice will begin on Thursday at 4:50 p.m. EDT, according to NASA. Since Earth’s axis is tilted, there are seasons. The direction of the axis remains constant while the planet revolves around the sun.

As the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, we celebrate the summer solstice. As the sun’s rays reach their peak intensity on the summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere faces the direction of the sun.

Full moons of 2024

Here are the four full moons of 2024, according to EarthSky.org:

Buck Moon – July 21 – 6: 17 a.m. EDT

Sturgeon Moon – Aug. 19 – 2:26 p.m. EDT (Full Super moon)

Harvest Moon – Sept. 17 – 10:34 p.m. EDT (Full Super moon on 18th)

Hunter’s Moon – Oct, 17 – 7:26 a.m. EDT (Full Super moon)

Beaver Moon – Nov. 15 – 4:29 p.m. EST (Full Super moon)

Cold Moon – Dec. 15 – 4:02 p.m. EST

CONTRIBUTING: Steve Howe/Democrat and Chronicle and Doyle Rice/USA TODAY

SOURCE NASA, The Old Farmers’ Almanac, Earth.com, Weber State University College of Science. LiveScience.com, EarthSky.org, USA TODAY NETWORK and USA TODAY research

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