Know why this Full Moon in June is called Strawberry Moon

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"That change seems appropriate for a northern June Full Moon also known as the Strawberry or Honey Moon".

The strawberry moon will reach its peak at 4:30 a.m.

Other names for the Strawberry Moon include the Mead Moon or the Honey Moon - avid skywatcher's are divided on if the Honey Moon name comes from the time when nectar is at its sweetest or if it follows the old tradition of marrying in May and June.

The Moon will look full on Sunday and Monday in North America since it crests in the wee hours of Monday, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. Jupiter will also be visible to the southeast, placing it next to the moon in the sky Sunday night.

Unfortunately, despite it having a delicious-sounding name, it does not necessarily mean the moon will be turning strawberry red.

Sky watchers and moon fanatics are in for a treat as this month's full moon made a three-night appearance.

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The Strawberry Moon is the most colorful of the year since it takes a low, shallow way over the sky, said Bob Bonadurer, director of the Milwaukee Public Museum's planetarium.

The last full Moon before the June solstice goes by Strawberry, Rose, or Honey Moon.

The moon won't be the only celestial treat on Sunday night: the planet Jupiter will "form a handsome lineup in the sky" with the moon and Saturn.

"This 17th, this strawberry Moon, this time of Harvest, and the number 17 meaning victory and perfection ..."

On the morning of the full Moon, Jupiter will appear in the southwest and the planet Saturn will appear in the south-southeast.

From Sunday evening till Monday morning, the planet Jupiter will appear to the right of the almost full Moon. On the evening of June 18, Mercury and Mars will appear closer to each other at only about a third of a degree apart. Due to that, the moon shines through more atmosphere than usual, giving it a reddish hue.

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