Cincinnati’s night sky will be offering a sweet surprise on the evening on June 14: a Strawberry Supermoon.
This big, bright full moon will rise from the southeast and “appear large and golden-hued” — not pink — according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It will reach maximum illumination at 7:52 a.m. EST, but those in Cincinnati won’t be able to see it until moonrise at 9:53 p.m.
The last full moon before the start of summer, this supermoon will be up to “30% brighter and 17% larger” than a typical full moon, says space.com, because the moon will be orbiting closer to earth.
And while the moon will not be the color of a strawberry, the name instead comes from “Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others, to mark the ripening of ‘June-bearing’ strawberries that are ready to be gathered,” says The Old Farmer’s Almanac. The website adds, however, that the moon can take on a reddish hue when it’s near the horizon due to the impact of the atmosphere.
Viewers will be able to see the Strawberry Supermoon with the naked eye, unless there are clouds. You can also view the moon via the Virtual Telescope Project’s livestream from Ceccano, Italy.
NASA offers a full moon guide for other upcoming celestial events through July at solarsystem.nasa.gov.
Watch a video about the Strawberry Supermoon below:
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