Waterloo Behold! The Strawberry Moon is Coming this Weekend
Another week another supermoon! For the record, 'supermoon' still sounds like a C-grade superhero to me. Anyways, with the coming end of June comes yet another sky phenomenon: the strawberry moon. According to KWQC, the moon name moniker comes from the traditions of Native Americans (Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota among others). Also, another source, CNET, expands by explaining it is connected to strawberries ripening in various parts of the United States. The moon will not appear red like a strawberry, sadly.
To best see the strawberry moon, you'll to first fly to Rome, Italy... and then hope for a clear day. Get your plane tickets now! Or...
When you'll be able to see the strawberry moon closer to home
The last supermoon of the year will actually peak at 1:40 pm this Thursday while the sun is still out here in Iowa. Thus, anyone interested in seeing the strawberry moon will have to wait until the sun goes down to see the moon the best. The moon will also appear full Wednesday night, despite not quite being there yet. The reason this moon is known as the strawberry moon sadly has nothing to do with shortcake. It's a reference to the time of year (June, duh) when strawberries are ready to be harvested.
What is a 'supermoon'?
We've had several supermoons in 2021, but if you're not 100% sure what a supermoon is, the short answer is it's a full moon that appears slightly larger and brighter than a normal full moon does. In Europe, the strawberry moon is known as the honey moon. That's two words, not like what newlyweds do.
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