Full Moon for June 2017

Live Show: The Mini Strawberry Moon

Strawberry June Moon


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View the Mini Strawberry Moon LIVE Thursday, June 8. The Moon will appear at its smallest in the night sky—and we’ll have a close-up look, courtesy of Slooh and their giant telescopes! (Note: The Moon is technically full on Friday morning during daylight, hence this astronomy show is Thursday evening at 7:30 P.M. EDT.

Live Show: Mini Strawberry Moon

Show starts below at 4:30 PM PDT | 7:30 PM EDT | 23:30 UTC Thursday. 
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It’s the smallest, sweetest Moon of the year, and we’re looking at it live right on this page, courtesy of Slooh and their giant telescopes! Enjoy the Mini Strawberry Moon as we talk all about why the Moon seems to change size throughout the year and how this particular Moon got this juicy name.

The Mini (or Apogee) Moon occurs only once every year, when the Moon’s orbit takes it further away from Earth. During that time, the Moon appears 14% smaller in the sky than it does when it is a Mega (or Perigee) Moon. Join us on June 8 to discover the secrets of the Mini Strawberry Moon!

June Full Moon Names

The month of June’s Full Moon’s name is the Full Strawberry Moon. June’s Full Strawberry Moon got its name because the Algonquin tribes knew it as a signal to gather ripening fruit. It was often known as the Full Rose Moon in Europe and the Honey Moon. See all Full Moon names and their meanings.

This June, the Moon is officially full the morning of Friday, June 9, so the Moon will still appear full the day prior and after the peak.

Why the June 2017 Full Moon is Different

  • June’s full moon will be the smallest full moon of 2017, sometimes called a “minimoon.”  The full Moon is at “apogee” or the point in its orbit when it is farthest from Earth. This is the opposite of the “supermoon” that has become a popular way to reference “perigee” or the point in the Moon’s orbit when it is nearest to Earth. We doubt the casual observer can really perceive the difference in appearance, but it’s still an interesting fact!
  • What you will notice is that the June 2017 full Moon is the lowest Moon of the year. Because of that, it’s color may look amber-colored so it will truly appear as the “Honey Moon” that’s also a common name for this month’s Moon. Read Bob’s post about June’s Honey Moon: The Lowest Moon of the Year.

Moon Phases for June 2017

See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.

(Note: All dates and times below are ET.)

First Quarter: June 1, 8:42 A.M.
Full Moon: June 9, 9:10 A.M.
Last Quarter: June 17, 7:33 A.M.
New Moon: June 23, 10:31 P.M.
First Quarter: June 30, 8:51 P.M.

For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

Full Strawberry Moon Video

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Strawberry Moon. Click below to watch video. 

Best Days in June 2017

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in June.

For Cutting Hay:

  • 18, 19

For Setting Eggs:

  • 3, 4, 11–13

For Fishing:

  • 1–9, 23–30

See Best Days for more activities.

Moon Facts & 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.

Share your thoughts about this month’s Moon below!

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June 9, 2017 Full Strawberry Moon

I wrote a "moon song" for the Inspiration in my life, my Mom, a few years ago, and every month I do a short video of the moon as I sing the short song. Last November I had my Mom right beside me while I sang her moon song and videotaped her. She was laughing with my sister in law Dianne and we had a lot of fun with it. This June 2017 Stawberry Full Moon found me singing the song once again on Thursday night since it was a clear night and I didn't want to risk not being able to view it for my video on Friday night. Living 1228 kms from where my Mom lives, I sang, "There's a full moon out tonight, and it's shining oh so bright. High up in the sky, in an almost starless night. There's a full moon out tonight, oh so round and full of light; And I say, Keep safe, stay well, I Love you Mom, Good night" Sadly, my beloved Mom passed away suddenly and tragically, so unexpectedly on Friday evening June 9, 2017. The moon, where I live those 1228 kms away, was hazy in its full form. I reached deep into my being to sing her my Moon Song again on this sorrowful night. "There's a full moon out tonight but it's not shedding it's full light. It's misty hazey partial light, is shedding tears for a loved one lost tonight. Beyond the moon and stars is where you will now shed you light so bright. Keep safe, to the ends of the Earth and back, I Love you Mom; Goodnight "

Strawberry moon June 8th 2017

That moon kept me up half the night.

Moon being full

IM staving home,all the crazies come out on full moon


The moons are really cool.


Strawberries are native to Europe AND the USA. There's many species of strawberries too, it's just that we don't eat most of them anymore.

strawberry species

You are indeed correct – there are more than 20 strawberry species found throughout the world, including North America and Europe. We have revised the content to reflect this. Thank you!

Yall are straight dumb. The

Yall are straight dumb. The moon is the best. All hail strawberry moon 4ever

like to read more about iit

like to read more about iit .Thanks

OMG XD XD XD I can't wait for

OMG XD XD XD I can't wait for tonight it's going to be sooooo yummie

my name is Clark just so all

my name is Clark just so all know this isn't Kimmie. Strawberries are good and all and the almanac is great because it's written around the moon which the moon controls bout all things on earth. folks look at the purty Strawberry Moon but the MOON all need to be chatn bout n focused on seeing is the THE FINAL BLOOD MOON OF THE MOON TETRAD WHICH IS IN SEPT AND THE HARVEST MOON. Great wrath coming with it to all nations and all men. Honestly this strawberry moon thang is kinda humorous!!!

I love to read the almanac.

I love to read the almanac.

I'm definitely a moon person,

I'm definitely a moon person, even wrote a children's story "Somebody is Eating the Moon"

where can i read the story?

where can i read the story? :D

when is a good time to cut a

when is a good time to cut a persons hair??

Start of new moon til full

Start of new moon til full moon, for faster growing hair.

Aunt Mary's haircut

Conversely, if you want your hair to grow thick but more slowly, cut your hair during the waning moon. You can get more technical than that -- go to the "Best Days" lists of the Almanac for answers.

Love the moon

Love the moon

what strawberrys ?

what strawberrys ? strawberrys don't ripen for another 8-9 weeks, aug-sept

Strawberries ripen in the

Strawberries ripen in the mid-South through early June, very rarely into July. You must live somewhere in the upper Midwest.

Strawberries are already

Strawberries are already getting ripe in Southeastern Ohio. Already made 2 strawberry pies and Strawberry shortcake.

Strawberries already full

Strawberries already full bloom here in NC. Made 14 jars of strawberry jam!

We had ripe straws two weeks

We had ripe straws two weeks ago in New York...

Where in NY? I'm on Long

Where in NY? I'm on Long Island in Nassau County and we only have strawberries in early flower here.

Is it at 4:22am tonite?

Is it at 4:22am tonite? Seriously. I'm new to this. And I REALLY want to see it. I want to set my alarm!

Marieanzalone's moon

Get an app that tells you when the moon will be exactly full wherever you are. The Old Farmer's Almanac has one that is full of all kinds of information. There are also plenty of free apps that will just tell you what time it will be exactly full, as well as where it will rise and set. A super moon is the name a certain even has; however, don't be disappointed if you can't tell the difference between this full moon and every other one you've seen. It may look a little bit bigger to you than is usual but, if you want it to seem as big as possible, try looking at it just after moonrise or just before moonset. The moon seems biggest when it's low on the horizon, as I'm sure you know.

The strawberry was valued by

The strawberry was valued by the Romans as a medicinal plant and cultivated in France from the 12th century, well before the discovery of the Americas by Europeans. Certain large fruit varieties aren't native to Europe but Strawberries definitely are.

strawberries are native to

strawberries are native to the americas

Yes they are. I had wild

Yes they are. I had wild strawberries growing in my garden when we lived in Germany. Germany is part of Europe.

Vicki S.: Only in the USA do

Vicki S.: Only in the USA do you have to tell people Duetschland is part of Europa.
Enjoy your summer and your strawberries.

Deutschland, Europa, and

Consider that we have 50 states that are a part of this country, and Germany is about the same size as Montana or New Mexico. Two Germanies would fit easily into Texas. While it's always embarrassing to have to admit that too many Americans make it through college without the slightest idea that Europe isn't a country or that Germany isn't somewhere in Canada, I'm also sure that there are plenty of Germans who wouldn't be able to place Montana or New Mexico on a map -- and along with Americans, they certainly would have a tough time telling anyone where the state of Tamaulipas is. (P.S. Tamaulipas is one of the states in Mexico. Can you tell me how many states there are there? Quick: is it 30 or 32? No fair using Google or Bing.)

I am not an astronomer, but

I am not an astronomer, but just love to look at the beautiful moon in all of its phases. Thank you for sharing information about the moon!

For the June 23rd SuperMoon,

For the June 23rd SuperMoon, could you tell me what direction exactly that I should look to?
Southeast, Northeast whatever?

Look to the southeast in the

Look to the southeast in the evening. This full Moon on June 23, 2013 is the closest and largest full moon of the year.

Thank you! It is helpful to

Thank you! It is helpful to know whether to expect it from the Northeast, East, or Southeast. Appreciate the question posed and the Almanac's response.



Really? Smart aleck.

Really? Smart aleck.

hahaa. my first moon chuckle

hahaa. my first moon chuckle of the day

Boy you have did grow up fast

Boy you have did grow up fast .. Tell Kim and Kanye they suck but you already know that ..lol

this past weekend (Fri & Sat

this past weekend (Fri & Sat June 8&9) me and my dad disproved this theory. the almanac doesnt include these dates but on these dates we caught ALOT of brim & bass. got text from a buddy showing an abundance of fish caught on these dates.

June 8 &9 has not even

June 8 &9 has not even happened yet. Its this coming up weekend!

Brandon's weekend

You can't prove or disprove anything based on one anecdotal incident. If you can repeat the results on a regular basis, THEN you can talk about proving or disproving something. The Almanac doesn't claim anything about its Best Days lists, other than that it being the conventional wisdom used by farmers for centuries. It doesn't claim to have some rigorous scientific basis for the lists in the first place. Finally, just because certain days are the best days to do something (especially in the area the Almanac is written for and about), that doesn't mean that no other days can be very good in your area. You might want to try fishing on the best days as indicated, though: maybe you'll get an even bigger catch.

Great information. Watch

Great information. Watch the moon videos every month. Here in NE, it doesn't look like the days after the strwberry moon will bring good weather!

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