Strawberry Moon 2024: What is it and when best to see it

A full Strawberry Moon (Stock)
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Stargazers are in for a treat this weekend - when the Strawberry Moon makes an appearance. The sixth full moon of the year, June's supermoon gets its name thanks to its pink hue.

It will appear larger and brighter than usual full moons, thanks to it coinciding with the summer solstice.

There are varying reports of just when is the best time to see it. According to the BBC, the sixth full moon of the year will be visible from the day after the summer solstice on Friday June 21, though will be most clear in the sky on Saturday June 22 at 11.05pm.

Meanwhile according to Timeandate, it may be possible to see the Strawberry Moon slightly earlier in the day on Saturday. The site explained that people could catch a glimpse of the full moon at 2.07am on June 22.

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A supermoon occurs at the point in the moon's orbit where it is closest to Earth, otherwise known as pedigree. Although Friday represents the peak of June's full moon, the super strawberry moon will still appear full for a few days later.

Why is it called a strawberry moon?

Although taking on a pinkish hue to represent the strawberry colour, the fruit isn't where the name originates. According to NASA, some Native American tribes referred to the late spring/early summer full moon as a strawberry moon because it marked the ripening of 'June-bearing' strawberries.

Europeans have dubbed it the rose moon, while other cultures named it the hot moon for the beginning of the summer heat.

Best time to spot the strawberry moon

According to Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG), June's strawberry moon will be visible from 22 June at 2.08am in the UK.

The moon may also be available during the day. The reason this happens is that the time refers to the exact moment when the sun and moon are aligned on opposite sides of the Earth.

This moment is known as the 'syzygy' of the Sun-Earth-Moon system, and can happen at any time day or night, according to RMG. The moon will still look full either on the night before or the evening after the exact moment of 'full moon'.

How to see the supermoon

Star gazers are encouraged to check their local weather forecasts before heading out to catch the supermoon. Fingers crossed for clear skies, as cloudy conditions can impact visibility.

It's also important to choose the right location to view the moon. Somewhere with minimal artificial light and obstruction, such as gardens or parks, will help maximise your chances of seeing the moon in all its glory.

Here is the complete list of 2024’s full moons, labelled by their popular names:

  • Wolf Moon - January 25

  • Snow Moon - February 24

  • Worm Moon - March 25

  • Pink Moon - April 24

  • Flower Moon - May 23

  • Strawberry Moon - June 22

  • Buck Moon - July 21

  • Sturgeon Moon - August 19 (also a seasonal Blue Moon)

  • Harvest Moon - September 18 (a supermoon)

  • Hunter’s Moon - October 17

  • Beaver Moon - November 15

  • Cold Moon - December 15

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