Astronomy lovers across the UK are in for a real treat this week as a spectacular full moon is set to be lighting up skies from tomorrow afternoon.
The full moon, known as the ‘Strawberry Moon’, is the latest in the calendar of celestial events this year.
It is set to reach its peak on Friday evening, but weather depending, should be visible from the late afternoon onwards, so keep your eyes peeled.
A full moon occurs when the moon is located on the opposite side of the Earth to the Sun, meaning its face is fully illuminated, but unfortunately though, just like the ‘Pink Supermoon’ which appeared across UK skies in April, tomorrow’s full moon won’t appear with a pink/red coloured tinge, despite what the name might imply.
The name ‘Strawberry Moon’ was chosen by early Native American tribes as it signalled the time of year to gather ripening fruit and coincides with popular strawberry picking seasons.
It doesn’t mean it’s set to be any less impressive though.
Speaking about the origins and the significance of the ‘Strawberry Moon’, NASA said: “The Maine Farmer’s Almanac first published Indian names for the full Moons in the 1930’s.”
“According to this almanac, the full Moon in June or the last full Moon of Spring is known as the Strawberry Moon, a name universal to just about every Algonquin tribe.”
The Royal Observatory also adds that: “In North America, the harvesting of strawberries in June gives that month’s full moon its name. Europeans have dubbed it the rose moon, while other cultures named it the hot moon for the beginning of the summer heat.”
“The moon’s phases and the months of the year are inextricably linked. It takes the moon about 29.5 days to go through all of its phases, meaning that each month has on average one full moon.”
If you’re keen not to miss the spectacular ‘Strawberry Moon’, then the good news is that you’ll have plenty of time to look out for it as it should be shining over the UK all night on Friday 5th June and into Saturday morning.
If it’s the best view you’re after capturing however, then lunar calendars predict the moon will rise above the horizon and into the skies over at 9.12pm until 5:17am.