Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Mini-Moon tonight! Next one happens in July 2018

The Slooh online community observatory will host a webcast tonight (June 8) featuring live views of the "mini" full moon and discussions with night-sky experts.

The fruity moniker doesn't actually have anything to do with the moon's color, shape or size.

The strawberry moon, which astronomers also call mini-moon or micro-moon, appears smaller during this time of the year. The phenomenon is possible since the moon will be at its furthest distance from Earth. This places the Strawberry Moon about 252,445 miles from Earth, causing it to appear about 14% smaller than the moon does at its largest point. The best time to view this festive Full Moon in the DC area is Friday morning around sunrise, which is at 5:43 am.

The moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 240,000 miles, and there are around 30,000 miles between its closest and its furthest point to Earth.

Take a look to see what you hopefully didn't miss on June 9, 2017!

Why is this Full Moon called a Strawberry Moon?

Historic Algonquin Native American tribes established the name of the Strawberry Full Moon because of the importance of strawberries in their culture, as the leaves and roots were often used for medical treatment. For them, it signaled that fruits, such as strawberries, were ripe for picking. It will be big, bright, and white just like any other full moon.

Victor Aurora with the University of Waterloo tells us if you're able to observe the Strawberry Moon this evening, don't expect shades of red or pink to light up the night sky.

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