Strawberry moon rises this week, when and where to look

June’s full strawberry moon rises this week, lifting over the horizon Friday as a signal that berries are ripening and summer is nigh.

The moon this month turns truly full at 9:10 a.m. Friday, meaning it will be near its plumpest when it appears over Palm Beach County with the sun’s retreat.

Moon rise Friday is 8:22 p.m. in the east-southeast.

Tonight, moon rise will be at 7:32 p.m.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

The glow of sunrise warms the setting full moon behind the steeple of Family Church on Flagler Drive Thursday morning, May 11, 2017. (Lannis Waters @lvw839/The Palm Beach Post)

Native Americans named the moons based on seasonal changes that aligned with hunting, planting or weather patterns. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the strawberry moon was used by Algonquin tribes.

In Europe June’s moon was given the moniker the rose moon.

Regardless of the pink-hued names, the strawberry moon will not be red. It is notable for being the farthest full moon this year from Earth, Earth Sky said. 

That means it will also be the smallest full moon in 2017.

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The full moon sets among the pine trees alongside the Beeline Highway Thursday morning July 2, 2015 . This is the first of two full moons this month; the next one is July 31. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

“We’ve heard it called the micro-moon or the mini-moon,” Bruce McClure wrote in a story for Earth Sky. “This June full moon occurs less than one day after reaching lunar apogee, the moon’s farthest point in its monthly orbit.”

Space.com said mini-moons can look up to 14 percent smaller than super moons and are slightly less luminous than regular full moons.

Mother Nature may allow a break in the clouds for South Florida to see the full moon.

Friday’s forecast calls for a 40 to 60 percent chance of rain, but the showers are not expected to be the widespread rain experienced earlier this week.

If you’re curious about other moon names, a list for 2017 full moons is below.

 

Full moon names

 

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