Strawberry moon blooms this week, why it’s special

A super moon rises over the Boynton Beach Inlet in Boynton Beach, Florida on September 8, 2014. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

June’s full strawberry moon appears this week with a special guest to keep it company in its travels.

While the moon becomes full at precisely 12:53 a.m. Thursday, it will rise big and bright tonight (Wednesday) at 7:57 p.m., and Thursday at 8:46 p.m.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

With it tonight will be a bright shining point near its bottom and to the right that looks like a star, but is really the great ringed planet Saturn. As the month comes to an end, red Mars will be a closer companion to the waning gibbous moon on June 30.

South Florida’s summer afternoon thunderstorm pattern is expected to continue through the end of the week, so seeing the moon will depend on where the storms erupt and when they clear.

“As our Earth turns underneath the heavens on these June nights, this month’s full moon and Saturn will move westward across your sky,” said Bruce McClure in his column for EarthSky.org. “As seen from the whole Earth, the twosome will climb highest up for the night around midnight, and will sit low in the west at dawn on June 28 and 29.”

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.

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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.

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