EARTH – Known as the honey moon for its sometimes-amber color, or strawberry moon for seasonal abundance, the June moon is technically full at 5:10 a.m. PST on Friday, June 9.
It’s the lowest and to the eye appears to be the smallest moon of the year when viewed from the Northern Hemisphere. What looks like a bright star nearby is actually the planet, Saturn. Our neighbor La Luna will look equally full on Thursday night, June 8 and Friday night, June 9.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the June full moon is also called the rose moon or flower moon, according to EarthSky.org. In the Southern Hemisphere, where winter is coming, this full moon is the oak moon, cold moon or long night’s moon.
According to Bob Berman, longtime astronomer for The Old Farmer’s Almanac, this full moon is aligned with the center of our galaxy.
“Its brightness will disguise that extra-thick, extra-bright patch of the Milky Way, but nonetheless, it’s cool to know that just below the Moon and Saturn on Friday, if you kept heading in that direction for 25,000 light-years, you’d get to the core of our Milky Way,” Bob says.
“Every star in the night sky orbits around that point, so it’s truly special. It’s also the location of a giant black hole that weighs the same as four million suns.”
Photo by Virginia Lazar