Full Moon for June 2020

Watch for the Full Strawberry Moon

June 3, 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 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

► 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.

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.

► 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

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    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

    The Editors's picture

    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.

    SERIOUSLY! LOOK UP!

    SERIOUSLY! LOOK UP!

    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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