Strawberry Moon over the UK

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Strawberry Moon over the UK

An incredible full moon was spotted in the skies above the UK on 5th June 2020 night. The full moon, this month known as the ‘strawberry moon’ or ‘rose moon’ reached its peak this night and made for some fantastic photography across the country from the late afternoon into the evening. This full moon is referred to as the Strawberry Moon by Native American tribes, as it typically comes at the time of year when strawberries begin to ripen. There’s often a myth the strawberry moon gets its name because it has a pinkish tinge to it – but that’s not the case. June’s full moon is known as the Strawberry moon because it coincides with strawberry picking season in the USA. A spokesperson from the Royal Observatory said: ‘In North America, the harvesting of strawberries in June gives that month’s full moon its name.

The moon rising behind the Shard in London

The moon rising behind the Shard in London

To some it appeared either pink or red when it is close to the horizon, however, as it is viewed through a much thicker layer of the Earth’s atmosphere.

The full moon also coincides with a penumbral lunar eclipse, whereby the Earth comes between the Sun and the moon and blocks some of the light. The reduction in light resulted in a reddish tinge to the moon’s appearance. Which is why it is coined as strawberry moon.

Strawberry Moon, rises behind Wembley Stadium in north west London

Strawberry Moon, rises behind Wembley Stadium in north west London

“In the current climate, a lower than average level of pollution combined with a good weather forecast made the view even more clearer.”

Why is it called a strawberry moon? 

Different cultures have assigned a variety of names to full moons across the lunar calendar in history, but the most well-known and commonly used full moon monikers, such as the strawberry moon, came from Native American culture. 

In June, the full moon is known as the strawberry moon because in North America, the harvesting of strawberries has historically taken place in June. 

The June moon is also known as the ‘rose moon’ in some European cultures, while other cultures know it as the hot moon because it marks the beginning of the warm summer season. People enjoyed the spectacular view in the night. For some its a great opportunity to take photographs.

The Strawberry Moon rises above Bournemouth Pier

The Strawberry Moon rises above Bournemouth Pier

The Strawberry Moon rising over Stonehenge in Wiltshire

The Strawberry Moon rising over Stonehenge in Wiltshire

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