STARGAZERS is in for a treat from heaven this month as a Strawberry Supermoon will grace the skies.
As long as the weather holds, people around the world should see this full moon on June 14 even brighter than usual.
Experts say it could be up to 30 percent brighter compared to other points in the lunar orbit.
And optical illusions also make the moon look so much bigger when it’s near the horizon too.
According to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, there will indeed be peak lighting for Britons around midday.
That’s because the moon and sun are on opposite sides of the earth at exactly 12:51 p.m. BST.
But that doesn’t mean you won’t see it, the moon will still look full the day before and after Tuesday.
When is the best time to see the Strawberry Supermoon?
While it’s fairly visible during the day, the best time is obviously at night.
On the evening of June 14, the moon rises in the southeast at 22:02 CET.
Early on June 15, around 00:23 BST, it will be at its closest point to Earth (known as perigee), which is the ideal moment to look outside.
Why is it called Strawberry Moon?
Although the Strawberry Supermoon may appear red, that’s not why it got its name.
The title actually has to do with the time of year the berries ripen.
It is sometimes called Rose Moon because many of the flowers are emerging now.
There is also Mead Moon and Honey Moon, referring to the time honey can be harvested.
What is a super moon?
As for the supermoon bit – this happens when the moon is at its closest point to earth in its elliptical (aka oval) orbit around the earth.
Professionals call this the perigee.
When perigee and a full moon happen at the same time, we get a supermoon.
The moon – our nearest neighbor explained
Here’s what you need to know…
- The moon is a natural satellite – a space-faring body orbiting a planet
- It is Earth’s only natural satellite and the fifth largest in the solar system
- The moon is 2,158 miles across, about 0.27 times the diameter of Earth
- Temperatures on the moon range from minus 173 degrees Celsius to 260 degrees Celsius
- Experts assumed the moon to be another planet until Nicolaus Copernicus outlined his theory about our solar system in 1543
- It was finally assigned to a “class” after Galileo discovered four moons orbiting Jupiter in 1610
- The moon is believed to have formed about 4.51 billion years ago
- The strength of its gravitational field is about one-sixth that of Earth’s gravity
- The earth and moon have “synchronous rotation,” meaning we always see the same side of the moon – hence the expression “dark side of the moon.”
- The moon’s surface is actually dark, but appears bright in the sky due to its reflective subsurface
- During a solar eclipse, the moon almost completely covers the sun. Both objects appear similarly large in the sky because the Sun is both 400 times larger and more distant
- The first spacecraft to reach the moon was in 1959 as part of the Soviet Union’s lunar program
- The first manned orbital mission was NASA’s Apollo 8 in 1968
- And the first manned moon landing took place in 1969 as part of the Apollo 11 mission
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