'Super strawberry moon' to make luminary debut over southern Utah this week

Giant supermoon in Italian sky. The “strawberry moon,” the lowest supermoon and the last one of the year – will make a three-day appearance starting Thursday night, June 24, 2021.

Giant supermoon in Italian sky. The “strawberry moon,” the lowest supermoon and the last one of the year – will make a three-day appearance starting Thursday night, June 24, 2021. (Getty Images, iStockphoto via St. George News)



ST. GEORGE — Celestial gazers will get a rare treat as the "Strawberry Moon," the lowest supermoon and the last one of the year – will make a three-day appearance starting Thursday night.

On the heels of two back-to-back eclipses and summer solstice, June's full moon is best known as the Strawberry Moon, and it is also a marginal supermoon, so it will be roughly 7% bigger and 15% brighter than a normal moon, according to NASA.

In southern Utah, the Strawberry Supermoon will appear full for about three days starting early Thursday through early Saturday. After finding a spot with an unobstructed view of the southeastern horizon, skywatchers can watch the show starting 30 minutes after sunset.

According to Farmer's Almanac's moonrise and moonset calculator, on Thursday evening the moon will rise in the southeast at 9:25 p.m. and it will set the following morning in the southwest at 5:56 a.m.

Not all moons are strawberry moons

Each full moon has its own name based on the month in which it appears, and this year's moon gets its name from the Algonquin tribe that designated the last full moon of spring to represent the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in the north-eastern United States.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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