The June Full Strawberry Moon glowing in pink, all its splendor. Appropriately named by the Algonquin tribes who knew it was time for the ripening and harvesting of wild strawberries.
Depending on where your are in the world. The June moon is known by other names. Such as the Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and the Full Rose Moon in Europe.
I think I prefer the Strawberry or Rose name, because it has that beautiful pink color when rising up from the horizon.
When the moon is in it’s full phase it’s called “Waxing Gibbous” at 100% Illumination. After the full phase comes the Waning Gibbous.
If your anyone like me, then you love watching and learning about the moon and its phases.
My favorite website I visit to track the moon and sun is https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/
All you need to do is type in your area and it will give the Moonrise, Moonset, and Moon phase. Along with the time and direction of the moon.
The Moons profile
- Diameter: 3,475 km
- Mass: 7.35 x 10^22 kg
- Orbits: The Earth at a speed of 2,288 miles per hour (3,683 kilometers per hour).
- Orbit Distance: 384,400 km
- Surface Temperature: -233 to 123`C
- The Moon has only been walked on by 12 people: all American.
- The first spacecraft to reach the moon was Luna 1 in 1959. This was a Soviet craft, that launched from the USSR. It passed the moon’s surface with in 5995 km. Before going into orbit around the Sun.
- The Moon is drifting away from the Earth. It’s moving about 3.8 cm away every year.
- The Moon has no atmosphere
- The Moon has quakes
- In c 2200 B.C. The Mesopotamians recorded lunar eclipses.
- In c 335 B.C. Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, used lunar eclipses to prove that the earth was ball-shaped.
- A.D. c. 150 Ptolemy, an astronomer in Egypt, discovered the irregularity of the moon’s motion in its orbit. His largely incorrect writings became the chief astronomical authority for 14 centuries.
The study of the moon is fascinating and something that has been lost in our modern-day lifestyle.
Which is to bad because the moon and its phases can tell us a lot. When the tides go in and out, the changing of the seasons, when to plant things. As well as the folklore stories, which days are better for fishing to getting a hair cut.
So the next time your outside take a look up at the moon and enjoy its beauty. As it’s the fifth largest natural satellite in our Solar System. Happy star-gazing!