Full Moon for June 2019

The Full Strawberry Moon

June 14, 2019
Full Strawberry Moon - OFA

Learn about the Full Moon for June 2019—the Strawberry Moon! This year, it shines for Father’s Day. Find out more about the Full Strawberry Moon and why it’s special.

Full Moon for Father’s Day

The Moon will look full on Sunday, June 16 and Monday, June 17 in North America since it crests in the wee hours of the 17th. It appears “opposite” the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 4:31 AM EDT.

Sunday, June 16 also happens to be Father’s Day. The Moon will rise in the evening shortly after sunset and be visible until just after sunrise on the 17th.

Grab some chairs and watch the sunset and the full Moon rise for a magical night!

Full Moon and Jupiter Conjunction

Here’s another treat for Father’s Day. On Sunday, June 16, bright Jupiter and the Moon meet!

Look for the Moon and king planet Jupiter to light up skies all night long—from dusk until dawn!

Learn more about the Full Moon/Jupiter Conjunction on June 16.

What is the Full Strawberry Moon?

The June Full Moon or the last full Moon of spring is called the Full Strawberry Moon.

This Full Moon got its name from the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries. 

An old European name for this Moon is the Honey Moon or the Mead Moon. It has also been called the Full Rose Moon in Europe. 

(Mead is a drink created by fermenting honey mixed with water, sometimes with fruits, spices, grains, or hops.)

Did You Know: June was traditionally the month of marriages. Following marriage came the “honeymoon,” which may be tied to this full Moon!

Where Did Full Moon Names Come From?

Naming the full Moons is an age-old practice, nothing new. Ancient peoples commonly tracked the seasons by following the lunar calendar (versus today’s Gregorian calendar, which is a solar calendar).

For millennia, people across the world—including Native Americans—named the months after nature’s cues. Later, Colonial Americans adopted many of the Native American names and incorporated them into the modern calendar, as you will see in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, founded in 1792 during George Washington’s presidency.

See your month’s Full Moon name and its meaning.

Moon Phases for June 2019

The next full Moon will crest very early Monday morning, June 17, 2019, at 4:31 AM EDT.
All dates and times below are ET. See our Moon Phase Calendar for peak times in your location.

New Moon: June 3, 6:02 A.M.
First Quarter: June 10, 1:59 A.M.
Full Moon: June 17, 4:31 A.M.
Last Quarter: June 25, 5:46 A.M.

See our Moonrise & Moonset Calculator to see when the Moon rises in your location.

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

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 2019

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

Activity Best Days
Camping 15, 16
Cutting Hay 25, 26
Getting Married 11, 12
Setting Eggs 11, 12, 19, 20
Fishing 3–17

See the Best Days for more activities.

Stargazing on June 16 to June 17

  • On Saturday night into Sunday morning, June 15 to 16, 2019, the bright planet Jupiter, the bright star Antares, and the waxing, gibbous, almost full Moon will appear as a triangle, with Jupiter on the left, the Moon on the right and Antares below. Look towards the southeast as evening twilight ends; the Moon will reach its highest in the sky around midnight; Antares will be setting in the southwest just as morning twilight begins Sunday morning.
  • On the morning of the full Moon on June 17, 2019, as morning twilight begins, the bright planet Jupiter will appear in the southwest at about 8 degrees above the horizon and the planet Saturn will appear in the south-southeast at about 25 degrees above this horizon. The bright star appearing nearly overhead will be Deneb, part of the “Summer Triangle.”  The planet Venus, appearing the brightest of all of the visible planets, will rise in the east-northeast about 15 minutes after morning twilight begins, shining brightly near the horizon until it is lost in the glow of dawn. 
  • On Sunday evening into Monday morning, June 16 to 17, 2019, the bright planet Jupiter will appear to the right of the nearly full Moon. They will appear in the southeast as evening twilight ends; the Moon will reach its highest in the sky around midnight; and they will appear in the southwest as morning twilight begins.
  • On the evening of June 17, the planet Mercury and the planet Mars will appear about a degree apart in the west-northwest at about 5 degrees above the horizon. Mercury will appear brighter than Mars, with Mercury on the right and Mars on the left.

Some 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.

Share your thoughts about this month’s Moon below!

Learn More

The Summer Solstice will be on Friday, June 21, 2019, at 11:54 AM EDT.  This day marks the astronomical end of spring and start of summer.

The solstice is the day with the longest period of sunlight. Afterwards, daylight will begin to shorten again.

Because the actual length of a solar day varies, the earliest sunrises of the year occur before the summer solstice, the day with the longest period of sunlight, and the latest sunsets of the year occur after the solstice. 

Learn more about the Summer Solstice!

Source: 

The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac

2020 Almanac Calendar Club

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

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

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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