‘Strawberry Moon’ lights up skies this week

‘Strawberry Moon’ lights up skies this week

The June full moon, known as the “Strawberry Moon,” will light up the sky this week. (Photo: Copy)

According to NASA, the moon will be full from Sunday night (12:00) to Wednesday night (15:00). It will peak on Tuesday. This year’s Strawberry Moon is the first of two consecutive supermoons.

While there is no single definition, the term “supermoon” generally refers to a full moon that appears larger and brighter than other moons because it is closer to Earth’s orbit.

To the casual observer, the supermoon may be similar in size to other moons. However, Noah Petro, head of NASA’s Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Laboratory, said the dramatic change in brightness improves visibility and creates a great opportunity to start focusing on the moon and its phases. .

Jacqueline Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, said the ideal time to see the moon is when it rises or sets, which is the largest time it appears to the naked eye.

Petro advises moon watchers to find a clear horizon and avoid areas with lots of tall buildings or dense vegetation. He also warned that places with too much artificial light would hinder maximum visibility.

The Strawberry Moon takes its name from the tradition of people from the Northeastern United States, from communities such as Algonquin, Ojibway, Dakota, and Lakota, who see the day as a sign that strawberries and other fruits are ready for harvest ., according to the website The Old Farmer’s Almanac, was intended to bring together cultural elements of these peoples.

In Europe, this moon is known as the honeymoon or honeymoon, and historical writings in the region indicate that honey is ready to be harvested at the end of the month. Also, the name Honeymoon refers to June, the prestigious wedding month in these countries.

This full moon corresponds to the Hindu festival Vat Purnima, a celebration in which married women tie a ritual thread on a banyan tree and fast and pray for longevity of their spouses.

To Buddhists, the moon is called Poson Poya Moon, named after a festival celebrating the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka in 236 BC.

According to The Old Farmer’s Alamanac, there will be six more full moons in 2022:

  • July 13: Deer Moon
  • August 11: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 10: Harvest Moon
  • October 9: Hunter’s Moon
  • November 8: Beaver Moon
  • December 7: Cold Moon

These are the names commonly associated with the monthly full moon, but the meaning of each name may vary among different tribes of Native Americans.

Lunar and Solar Eclipses

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, another total lunar eclipse and a partial solar eclipse will occur in 2022.

A partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun but blocks only part of the light. Specific glasses are recommended for viewing a solar eclipse safely, as sunlight can be dangerous to the eyes.

On October 25, there will be a partial solar eclipse in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, Northeast Africa, the Middle East, West Asia, India and western China.

People in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South and North America will also see a total lunar eclipse on November 8.

meteor shower

Some meteor showers are still expected to occur in 2022:

  • Southern Delta Aquarius: July 29-30
  • Alpha Capricorn: July 30-31
  • Perseid meteor shower: August 11 and 12
  • Orionids: October 20-21
  • Southern Taurus: November 4 and 5
  • Northern Taurus: November 11 and 12
  • Leonidas: November 17-18
  • Gemini: December 13 and 14
  • Bears: December 21-22

Rain is hard to see in urban areas as artificial light illuminates the sky.

For the best view, you need to find an area with a good view. A chair or sheet is recommended to facilitate looking upwards. Stopping for 20 to 30 minutes without looking at your phone or other electronic devices can help your eyes adjust to the dark and make it easier to see shooting stars.

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