Did you miss the Full Strawberry Moon this week? The internet is back.
Social media is full of photographic evidence of the colorful celestial event.
Contrary to the sun (in the earth-based length), the celestial body rose late on Wednesday, or in the weekly hours on Thursday, depending on your time zone. June's full moon got its name from Algonquin tribes, who according to The Almanac of the Old Farmers knew it as the signal for collecting ripening fruits. It is also known as the Honey Moon and the Meadmond.
But while the Earth's satellite is not spinning the deep red of its namesake, this marks the most colorful that the Moon gets all year (unless you're lucky enough to catch) the Blood Moon during a total lunar eclipse.
Take a look at some of our favorite Full Strawberry Moon images taken by professionals and amateurs around the world this week:
According to NASA, the first full moon after the Summer Solstice (which took place on June 21
The strawberry moon of 2018 was particularly exciting as it arrived during Saturn's annual "opposition." Day Earth passes between the sun and the ringed planet.
Formed about 4.51 billion years ago from debris left over after a collision between Earth and a Mars-sized body called Theia, the Moon is the second brightest cele star object – after the Sun.
While the moon itself does not emit light, its dark surface reflects the sun's rays at different times of day, making it a convenient timepiece; some of the earliest calendars were based on the periods of waxing and slimming the moon.
Keep up with the rest of the lunar year by following The Ancient Munsterman's Full Moon Calendar :
Jul 27 @ 4:22 pm ET: Full Buck Moon
Aug. 26 @ 7:58 am ET: Full Storm Moon
Sept. 24 @ 10:54 am ET: Whole Grain Moon
Oct. 24 @ 12:47 pm ET: Full of Hunter's Moon
Nov. 23 @ 12:41 pm ET: Beaver Moon
Dec. 22 @ 12:50 pm ET: Full Cold Moon
Next month's Full Buck Moon will coincide with a total lunar eclipse – the second this year. Mainly visible from the eastern hemisphere (Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia), the blood micro-lunar eclipse will be the longest of the 21st century, lasting about 103 minutes.
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