Stargazers are usually treated to a total of 12 Full Moon phases during the annual lunar cycle. Each Full Moon has a name traditionally connected to the changing seasons. And June’s Strawberry Moon is no different, and is named after strawberries ripening in the summer sun. So what time will June’s Full Moon rise and when is the best time to see our celestial satellite shine?
When is the 2019 June Strawberry Full Moon?
The June Full Moon, also known as the Strawberry Moon, will peak in brightness next week, on Monday, June 17.
The Strawberry Moon will be 2019’s sixth Full Moon and arrives only a month after last month’s Flower Moon.
The Strawberry Moon will precede the Full Buck Moon which will rise in July.
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When will the June Strawberry Full Moon rise?
June’s Strawberry Full Moon will peak in brightness everywhere on Earth at the exact same time.
However there will be slight differences when this happens due to the different timezones around the world.
In the UK the Full Moon phase will peak at 9.30am BST.
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But whether the Moon will be visible in your area when it peaks will be dependent on local weather conditions.
The Moon will in the UK set at 4.54am BST on June 17, unfortunately meaning the Moon’s peak will not be visible.
Amateur astronomers will consequently have to wait until 9.30pm BST for the Full Moon to return into the night sky.
Regardless of whether you see the peak or not, the Moon will be loom large for two to three days around the peak.
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The Full Moon phase marks the exact moment the Moon’s Earth-facing side is totally illuminated by the Sun.
As the Moon orbits both the Earth and the Sun, different amounts of the side of the Moon we see are lit up.
This shifting luminance is called the Lunar Cycle, which lasts approximately 29.5 days from one New Moon to the next.
The New Moon is the lunar phase when our celestial satellite’s face is not illuminated and appears to vanish at night.