Full Moon for June 2020

Watch for the Full Strawberry Moon

May 30, 2020
Full Strawberry Moon - OFA

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 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

► Learn more about eclipses and find out when the next one will be!

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.

This name 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

Below, see the 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.

► See Moon names and meanings for the entire year!

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.

Activity Best Days
Cutting Hay 14, 15
Setting Eggs 1, 9, 10, 29
Fishing 1–5, 21–30

► See all activities on our Best Days calendar.

    Share your thoughts about this month’s Moon below!

    Source: 

    The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac

    Reader Comments

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    Wording error in article

    Your article says "The full Moon for June rises early in the morning of Monday, June 17, at 4:31 A.M." Sorry, but that's incorrect. You probably mean the instant of full moon OCCURS at 4:31 AM (and I guess you mean Eastern DAYLIGHT Time, although you don't specify DST), but it doesn't RISE then. The full moon always RISES at sunset, or very close to it, simply because when it's full, that's when it's on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun.

    Full Moon and High Tides

    High Tide occurs on or about 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM during a full Moon phase. That is Eastern Standard Time. If someone can educate me as to what happenes on the west coast, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Full moon graphics

    I absolutely love the monthly full moon graphics on your site. Is there a way to get copies of them, posters, anything printed to frame? Thank you

    Moon poster

    The Editors's picture

    Thank you, on behalf of our wonderful art director, Colleen! There are no plans at this time but what a great idea! Thanks, again.

    June's full moon

    My Aunt is the only person I've ever known who can tell that a full moon is on the way because 4 people on the same block are now engaged in 2 separate arguments. She comes in and asks "Is there a full moon? My reply "Only 2 days away and it's an important one, too!" Never known anyone else who could call it that close!!

    Always happens...

    My husband and I love the alerts on weather and astronomy from both Old Farmers Almanac and SpaceWeather.com. But it never fails: whenever there is something really interesting to see, it rains here on the north shore of Long island! Interesting conjuction? Very cloudy. One of the rare auroras we get to see now and then? Mizzling. Meteor shower? Drizzle. Full Strawberry Moon? Rain....

    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 by Debbie Hoyle

    Thank you for sharing. My mom and I loved the full moon.

    What happen to the strawberry moon

    Lost

    Moon

    What a sweet and wonderful story, Debbie. Thank you much for sharing this prescious memory of yours. God speed.

    Christine

    Thanks for sharing, Debbie.

    Such a beautiful story & song.
    Much love & light to you & yours.

    A beautiful testimonial

    A loving, wonderful tribute to both you and your mother. Thank you for posting it.

    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

    moon

    The moons are really cool.

    Strawberries

    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

    The Editors's picture

    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!!!

    MOONS

    I JUST NOTICED YOUR COMMENT ABOUT THE FINAL BLOOD MOON BACK IN 2015. I AM LOOKING FOR MOONS TOO
    RELATING TO END TIMES. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS, PLEASE GIVE ME A HOLLER.

    THANK YOU!

    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

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