Strawberry Moon 2020: How to see this week’s full moon above the UK

A spectacular full moon known as a strawberry moon rises behind the Shard skyscraper (Credits: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP)

A spectacular full moon, known as the ‘Strawberry moon’, will fill the skies above the UK this week.

The Strawberry moon will reach its peak on Friday and should be visible from the late afternoon onwards. That’s if the weather stays favourable, of course.

There’s often a myth that the Strawberry moon gets its name because it will appear with a pinkish tinge to it. Unfortunately, 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.

‘In North America, the harvesting of strawberries in June gives that month’s full moon its name,’ the Royal Observatory explains.

‘Europeans have dubbed it the rose moon, while other cultures named it the hot moon for the beginning of the summer heat.’

The 12 full moons

There are 12 full moons in a year, each with their own unique name.

  • Jan – Wolf moon
  • Feb – Snow moon
  • Mar – Worm moon
  • Apr – Pink moon
  • May – Flower moon
  • Jun – Strawberry moon
  • Jul – Buck moon
  • Aug – Sturgeon moon
  • Sep – Harvest moon
  • Oct – Hunter’s moon
  • Nov – Beaver moon
  • Dec – Cold moon

‘The moon’s phases and the months of the year are inextricably linked. It takes the moon about 29.5 days to go through all of its phases, meaning that each month has on average one full moon.’

You should have a good view of the moon if the weather holds (Reuters)

The good news is that you’ll have plenty of time to spot the Strawberry moon as it should be shining over the UK all night on Friday, June 5 and into Saturday morning.

Lunar calendars predict it will rise above the horizon into the skies over the UK at 9.12pm on Friday evening and be visible – weather permitting – until 5.17am the next morning.

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