Strawberry Moon 2021: Is Today's Strawberry Moon A Supermoon? See here

Strawberry Moon 2021: Why is the June Full Moon called a Strawberry Moon? Is it a supermoon? Know all about the Strawberry Moon today

Strawberry Moon 2021: Is Today's Strawberry Moon A Supermoon? See here

The Strawberry Moon is often the last Full Moon of spring. In photo: Credit: Azam Siddiqui, NDTV

Know all about the Strawberry Moon today: For skywatchers, the wait is finally over. The Strawberry Full Moon will appear after sunset and can be seen for three days, till early Saturday morning. The Strawberry Moon does not look like a strawberry and neither is it pink in colour. Traditionally in North America and Europe, Full Moons have been given names linked to local cultures and customs. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, "This name (Strawberry Moon) has been used by Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others, to mark the ripening of 'June-bearing' strawberries that are ready to be gathered." The Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota and Lakota are indigenous American tribes. The Strawberry Moon is often the last Full Moon of spring or the first one of the summer season. 

Will the Strawberry Moon be visible In India?

The Strawberry Moon will be visible in India from June 25 midnight, around 12:09 AM. The Full Moon will be visible for about three days, according to weather.com.

Is the Strawberry Moon a supermoon?

Does this Strawberry Moon qualify as a supermoon? According to NASA, "The Full Moons in April and May were nearly tied as the closest Full Moons of the year. The Full Moon on May 26, was slightly closer to the Earth than the Full Moon on April 26 but only by a slim 0.04%." 

A supermoon is a New Moon or a Full Moon closely coinciding with perigee or the moon's closest point to Earth in its orbit. Here's a look at the distance of the three Full Moons from the Earth in April and May.

  • April 27, 2021: 222,212 miles (357,615 km)
  • May 26, 2021: 222,117 miles (357,462 km)
  • June 24, 2021: 224,662 miles (361,558 km)

According to earthsky.com, "a Full Moon or New Moon has to come within 90% of its closest approach to Earth to be dubbed a supermoon. In other words, any Full Moon or New Moon that comes to within 224,791 miles or 361,766 km (or less) of our planet, as measured from the centers of the moon and Earth, can be called a supermoon."