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Full Strawberry Moon Tonight, Here's How To Watch From Anywhere

Full Strawberry Moon Tonight, Here's How To Watch From Anywhere

Don't miss what is sure to a spectacular show.

Are you a selenophile or maybe a philoselene? That's what we call people who love the moon.

I am. Even as a young girl I loved looking out the window and dreaming of what it might be like to spin around the earth by myself as it does.

I used to think a lot about the man in the moon too, wondering who the man was and who he looked like. When I was six, I thought the man in the moon looked like my Uncle. It wasn't until I was older that I realized that the man in the moon was an illusion. In case you're are interested, billions of years ago asteroids rocked the moon creating lunar impacts (holes) in its surface. Shock waves from the impact caused volcanic eruptions and molten magma flooded the lunar landscape. When the magma cooled, it created "lunar maria" or "lunar seas." During a full moon, these patches combine and form what appears to be grinning human face, commonly known as the "Man in the Moon."

A 'Full Strawberry Moon' will appear in the sky tonight and it will coincide with a subtle penumbral lunar eclipse, according to astronomers.

What does that mean? Well read on, I'm going to explain it.

First off, the name 'Strawberry Moon' has nothing to do with the color of the moon. This moon was given its name because it falls in June. What else comes in June? Strawberries of course. The tradition of moon names is steeped in history. The name, Strawberry Moon, originated with Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries. 

Alternative European names for this Moon include the Honey Moon and the Mead Moon. It has also been called the Rose Moon, given that many roses come to life during this part of the year! Know what else happens a lot in June? Weddings. The month of June is named after the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno. After you get married you have a honeymoon, and that may also be tied to the European name of this moon.

A penumbral lunar eclipse is what happens when the moon and the sun are imperfectly aligned. When this happens the lovely Earth will block some of the Sun's light from shining on the moon. Basically, we will be viewing the moon partially covered with the shadow of the Earth covering it.

Since I have no idea where you are in the world, you can use the Old Farmer's Almanac Moonrise & Moonset Calculator to see when the Moon rises in your location.

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