The full Strawberry Moon rises on Friday, June 5, 2020! Find out why June’s full Moon is called the Strawberry Moon and learn about the penumbral eclipse that will occur on this date!
When to See the Full Moon in June 2020
In the evening of Friday, June 5—just after sunset—look towards the southeast to watch the full Moon rise gently above the horizon. There, it will appear large and golden hued.
June’s full Moon, known as the Strawberry Moon, will reach peak illumination at 3:12 P.M. Eastern Time on the 5th, but will not be visible until later that evening. Consult our Moonrise and Moonset Calculator to see when it will appear in your area.
A Penumbral Eclipse
This full Moon brings with it a penumbral eclipse, which occurs when the Moon crosses through the faint outer edge of Earth’s shadow (the penumbra), making part of the Moon appear ever-so-slightly darker than usual. Unlike a full lunar or solar eclipse, the visual effect of a penumbral eclipse is usually so minimal that it can be difficult to perceive at all!
Note: This eclipse will be visible from parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America, but will not be visible from North America.
Why Is It Called the Full Strawberry Moon?
June’s full Moon—typically the last full Moon of spring or the first of summer—is traditionally called the Strawberry Moon.
The tradition of naming Moons is rich in history. Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we have long honored the Native American Moon names and the folklore of those who came before us. We follow the full Moon names that were used during Native American and Colonial times to help track the seasons—usually from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the same areas as the Colonists.
The name, Strawberry Moon, originated with Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries. Alternative European names for this Moon include the Honey Moon and the Mead Moon. It has also been called the Rose Moon, given that many roses come to life during this part of the year!
Did You Know: June was traditionally the month of marriages, and is even named after the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno. Following marriage comes the “honeymoon,” which may be tied to this full Moon’s name!
Moon Phases for June 2020
See our Moon Phase Calendar to customize dates and times to your location.
|Full Moon: June 5, 3:12 P.M. EDT|
|Last Quarter: June 13, 2:24 A.M. EDT|
|New Moon: June 21, 2:41 A.M. EDT|
|First Quarter: June 28, 4:16 A.M. EDT|
► Check out our Moonrise & Moonset Calculator to see when the Moon rises in your location.
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
Where Do Full Moon Names Come From?
Historically, full Moon names were used to track the seasons and, for this reason, often relate closely to nature. The Moon names that we use today stem from Native American and Colonial-era sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, rather than just the full Moon itself.
June Moon Folklore
- A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry.
- Days following both the New and Full Moons are most likely to be rainy or stormy.
- Crabbing, shrimping, and clamming are best when the Moon is full.
Full Strawberry Moon Video
Learn more about how the full Strawberry Moon name originated, along with some fascinating Moon facts, in our short video here:
Best Days in June 2020
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in June.
|Cutting Hay||14, 15|
|Setting Eggs||1, 9, 10, 29|
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