When is the full moon in June? Strawberry Moon to sweeten the night sky

Akron Beacon Journal

Get out the shortcake, June's full moon will have people craving something sweet.

The Strawberry Moon will take to the skies soon. Here's what to know.

When is the full moon in June 2024?

The full moon will be at its brightest at 9:08 p.m. June 21. However, the moon will still appear to be full, to the casual viewer, the night before and after, .

Why is June's full moon called the Strawberry Moon?

According to the , the Strawberry Moon came from a variety of sources, including from American Indian tribes honoring the fruit that ripens around this time of the year.

Other names for this month's full moon include “The Moon When the Buffalo Bellows” from the Arapaho of the Great Plains and the "Honey Moon" in Anglo-Saxon traditions.

Freshly picked strawberries sit at the end of a row, waiting to be brought back to the farm stand at Chase Farms.

What's the best time to view the Strawberry Moon in Ohio?

According to the Farmer's Almanac, the full moon will rise over Akron at 9:22 p.m. June 21, over Columbus at 9:23 p.m., and at 9:26 p.m. over Cincinnati. With the full moon's peak happening at 9:08 p.m., get out at moonrise to get the brightest view.

When is the full moon in July 2024?

The Buck Moon will rise on Sunday, July 21, 2024, .

Full moon 2024 calendar

Here is the remaining full moon calendar for 2024:

  • June 21: Strawberry Moon
  • July 21: Buck Moon
  • Aug. 19: Sturgeon Moon
  • Sept. 17: Harvest Moon
  • Oct. 17: Hunter's Moon
  • Nov. 15: Beaver Moon
  • Dec. 15: Cold Moon

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The full moon rises above a cloud bank tinted pink by the last light of the day Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 over Northport, Alabama.

What is a Blue Moon?

There are two types of Blue Moons — monthly and seasonal, .

A monthly Blue Moon is the second full moon of a calendar month with two full moons. The next monthly Blue Moon will happen on May 31, 2026, .

A seasonal Blue Moon, according to NASA, is the third full moon of an astronomical season that has four full moons. The next one will be Aug. 19, 2024, according to Time and Date.

So, what's an astronomical season? It's the period of time between , according to NASA. For example, it's said spring begins on the Spring Equinox -- when the Northern and Southern hemispheres have roughly the same amount of daylight -- and lasts until summer begins on the Summer Solstice -- the longest day of the year. That period of time is one astronomical season.

Each season typically has three full moons, each about 30 days apart. But because the lunar cycle and the calendar don't match, occasionally there will be a fourth full moon during that period of time.

What is a Supermoon?

A Supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit brings it closest to the earth at the same time as a full moon, .

, there will be four Supermoons in 2024: on Aug. 19, Sept. 17, Oct., 17 and Nov. 15.

November's Beaver Moon nears total lunar eclipse about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. With Earth's shadow cast onto the moon, it gave the full moon a reddish hue and thus the nickname "Blood Moon."

What is a Blood Moon?

A Blood Moon happens during a total lunar eclipse, , when the moon takes on a reddish hue.

The last total lunar eclipse occurred on Nov. 8, 2022, during the Beaver Moon. The next one won't happen until March 2025.

Blood Moons occur when the moon is fully in the shadow of the Earth. However, a bit of light reflected off the Earth hits the moon's surface, making it appear red.