The Strawberry Moon, a Smaller and Less Bright Full Moon

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This places the Strawberry Moon about 252,445 miles from Earth, causing it to appear about 14% smaller than the moon does at its largest point. The June full moon, or the Strawberry Moon, gets its name because June marks the peak of the strawberry season when the berries are most ripe.

The moon's orbit around the Earth is not in a ideal circle, so some months a full moon is closer to our planet than it is in other months. "So if you've never had an opportunity to see or identify Saturn with the naked eye, just look for a reasonably bright point of light about four or five moon-widths away from the full moon itself".

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The moon will be fullest during daylight Friday, which is why the best time to see it will be the early morning hours after midnight. Supermoons occur when the moon coincides with perigee, which is the point in the moon's orbit when it's closest to Earth.

The annual "strawberry moon" will rise again tonight.

It only happens once in a blue moon, and it's happening Friday night.

The June moon will officially be at its fullest phase at 9:09 a.m. So tonight, you might be able to picture two or three moons squeezed between them, but certainly not five. The full moon will be the smallest full moon of the year, which is what earned the moon the "mini" title as well. With this in mind, the Algonquin Native American tribes lent this month's full moon its nickname as a reminder to pick the quintessential summer fruit come June. For many areas it will be, according to the National Weather Service's sky cover forecast.

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