Make sure to look outside this afternoon.

By Nashia Baker
June 24, 2021
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If you're a stargazing fanatic, then you've probably already seen some of the stunning moons that have appeared in the sky this year, including the Wolf Moon, Snow Moon, or Worm Moon. Today, you can enjoy another must-see natural attraction: the Strawberry Moon. According to Mental Floss, this moon is usually the last full moon for spring or the first full moon for the summer depending on if it is before or after the summer solstice.

This moon got its name back in the 1930s from the Algonquin, an Indigenous community who resided in the northeastern part of the United States and noted that it aligned with strawberry-picking season in June, the Farmer's Almanac previously reported. Other nicknames for the Strawberry Moon? It also known as the "mead moon" and "honey moon" in Europe.

Strawberry full moon rising
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To catch the Strawberry Moon at its peak, take a look outside today, Thursday, June 24, at 2:40 p.m. EST. However, you can view this sight for more than just one day. NASA explained that it will be close to its full size until the morning this Saturday, June 26.

This moon is also unique because some would say it's similar to a supermoon. The first supermoon of 2021 was the pink supermoon, which produced a brighter and bigger glow than a regular full moon. (Typically, supermoons are about seven percent larger and about 15 percent brighter than a typical full moon.) However, NASA explained that a full moon will need to peak within 90 percent of its perigee to actually be a supermoon. While the Strawberry Moon doesn't quite make the cut, NASA named it as a "marginal supermoon" and you can still relish its glow for the rest of the week.

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