Skywatchers in Colorado will be rewarded with a sweet treat this week when the strawberry moon looms over our state.
The strawberry moon, the last super moon of 2021, will rise in the sky this Thursday. Despite its name, the moon will be large and gold in color when it rises above the horizon.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the moon is expected to peak at 12:40 p.m. While it won’t be visible in the United States by then, there will still be plenty of moon to see on Thursday night.
Expect Strawberry Moon to rise around 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and set at 6:15 a.m. on Friday, according to timeanddate.com. Forecasts predict the sky will be partly cloudy overnight, so you may need to be patient to catch a glimpse.
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The Strawberry Moon is the last super moon in 2021, according to NASA. It is called the super moon because the moon is closest to Earth and looks bigger and brighter than usual.
The full moon in June – usually the last full moon of spring or the first of summer – is traditionally referred to as the strawberry moon. But how did this name come about?
This name was used by the Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota tribes, among others, to denote the ripening of “June-bearing” strawberries ready for harvest, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Also called Berries Ripen Moon, Blooming Moon, Green Corn Moon or Hoer Moon, each name reflects that June is a month when flowers bloom and early fruits ripen.
Patch editor Chris Mosby contributed to this story.