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‘Strawberry Full Moon’ to grace the skies during the Summer solstice

On June 13, NASA announced that the highly anticipated Strawberry Moon phenomenon will occur during this summer solstice at 9:08 PM on June 21 in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and at 9:08 AM on June 22 in Manila time, visible in the night sky.The full Moon will be visible for approximately three days during this period, spanning from Thursday evening to Sunday morning.

In addition to the lunar event, observers in Oceania will have a clear view of the Moon passing through Antares, the brightest star in Scorpius, which is located 600 light years away from Earth, on June 20.

'Strawberry Full Moon' to grace the skies during the Summer solstice

The summer solstice marks the Sun’s highest point in the year, causing the full moon in June to appear noticeably lower in the night sky and smaller than usual. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this phenomenon is known as the “Moon Illusion,” where the moon appears significantly altered in color and brightness, often taking on shades of bright red or orange. This effect occurs because the moonlight travels through more atmospheric particles, altering its typical appearance.

Historically speaking, phases of the moon were used in primitive ways to track seasonal changes, thus the name “Strawberry Moon” marks the short harvesting season for strawberries, rather than focusing on the moon’s almost red color.

According to the post of NASA, the next full moon will fall on July 5, marking the 6th month of the Chinese year of the Dragon. While the next “Buck Moon” will happen on July 21.


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