The Strawberry Full Moon on June 5th of 2020 put on a beautiful show this year. It was big and bright, with a lovely orange glow, as it ascended over the horizon. The Strawberry Moonrise in my area started around 8:50 pm and it came up right on time. It was 99.5% full when it peaked over the horizon.
If you notice on the cover photo, there’s an object flying past the center of the moon. I’m not sure what it was. It may have been a bird in the distance or even a small plane.
This month’s moon will not reach very high in the sky. It’s lower than the others before it. July’s Full Moon will be even lower in the sky by 1.5 degrees.
My favorite time to watch that old faithful ball in the sky is right as it’s rising. It makes you realize just how big that moon really is and it’s fun to try and capture it on top of objects in the foreground, like buildings, trees, or someones hand.
June Full Moon Names
As many of you may know, there are several different names for the June Full Moon. Depending on where you live, the Strawberry Moon may be called something else, such as the Honey Moon, Rose Moon, Mead Moon, or Hot Moon. I personally like the Strawberry title, because it’s the time of year when the little red fruit most of us love are ready for picking and enjoying. I’m a big home canner and love canning those yummy berries.
I love the photo above, it looks as if that giant orange ball is balancing on the very tip of the pine tree.
As the full moon rises there comes a point when it’s at its most colorful and seems at its largest. Then, it rises up higher and higher and begins to lose it’s orange color. The Strawberry Full Moon on June 5th of 2020 was a beautiful sight and I got to enjoy it with my almost 80 year old mom, and my oldest son. I do believe I have converted these two into mooners. Good memories are being made with my family watching the night sky together.
Next Full Moon
The next full moon we all get to enjoy is the Full Buck Moon, on Sunday, July 5th, 2020. If you’d like to check for the moonrise and/or sunrise in your area, go here. That website has all the info you’ll need in one place. So, I wish us all clear skies and Happy mooning!