Things get pretty exciting when there’s a full Moon, and June’s full Moon, known as the Strawberry Moon (in North America), is no exception. Look for it rising in the east at sunset on Monday, June 17th. When the Moon is in its full phase, it lies “opposite” the sun, so as you watch the sun go down in the west, turn around and look for the moonrise.
Although June’s Moon turns 100% astronomically full at 4:31 a.m. EDT, it will appear full for a day or two surrounding the actual full phase. In fact, when you see it rising in the early evening on Monday, it will have already started to wane—the full phase lasts only an instant— although it will be difficult to detect with the naked eye.
A Father’s Day Treat
On Sunday night, June 16th, take Dad outside to enjoy the nearly-full Strawberry Moon paired up with bright Jupiter in the southeast sky all night long.
To learn how this Moon got its name, watch our short Farmers’ Almanac video!