Spring has already sprung and summer is right around the corner, which means the time has come to watch for this year's full Strawberry Moon.
The Strawberry Moon, also known as June's full moon, is typically celebrated as either the last full moon of the spring or the first full moon of the summer. Although it was named by Native Americans after the luscious red berries that are currently in season, don't expect it to be berry-hued. When the Strawberry Moon rises over the eastern horizon on Friday evening, it will give off a beautiful golden glow. And, as the latest-rising and one of the largest-looking full moons of 2020, it will appear larger than life!
The Strawberry Moon will also showcase a penumbral lunar eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes through the Earth's penumbra, or partial shadow, causing part of the moon to look darker. Unfortunately, this phenomenon won't be visible from anywhere in North America, but the Virtual Telescope Project will livestream it from Italy on Friday, above a gorgeous view of the Rome skyline.
Otherwise, to see the Strawberry Moon in all its glory, enter your zip code here and our friends at The Farmer's Almanac will help you figure out the best time to view the moon from your region.
Experts recommend catching the moonset over the western horizon on Friday morning, or the moonrise over the eastern horizon on Friday evening. And we recommend making a night of it by gathering with your loved ones over one of our favorite strawberry recipes and maybe a summery cocktail or two!
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