Full Moon Tonight: June 2019 Strawberry Moon

Strawberry Full Moon

The 2019 Strawberry Full Moon begins with a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s east coast around 7:53 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with plus or minus a few minutes depending on your exact location along Florida’s east coast) on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2019.

The moon will be at its fullest (99.8% full) the following morning at 4:31 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, June 17, 2019.

The Strawberry Moon will set later that morning at 6:38 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Why is this Full Moon called a Strawberry Moon?

According to Native American folklore, a full moon in June is called a Strawberry Moon because the short season for harvesting strawberries comes during that summer month.

Other names for the first full moon is June are Rose Moon and Flower Moon.

Are Strawberry Moons red or pink in color?

Sometimes. But Strawberry Moons are not necessarily red or pink in color just because they occur in June.

Like any full moon, the moon can appear reddish-pink which is caused by atmospheric conditions on Earth or a partial lunar eclipse. Strawberry Moons can also appear brown-red in color during a total lunar eclipse.

More than likely, the Full Moon on June 17, 2019 will appear the usual pearly-gray to most locations on Earth.

Image credit: NASA (red added by Brevard Times)