Strawberry Moon | Micromoon | 9 Jun 2017

Moonrise for me last evening was 8:42 pm. I went out at 9:10 to see if the sky to the east was clear giving a view. Saturn was supposed to be positioned close to the right of the Moon. It was very hazy. The Moon was not bright and Saturn was not visible to me. I went back in the house for the camera and tripod. These two photos are at 9:20 and 9:21 with the Moon framed by some trees low to the horizon.

9:20 pm CDT

9:21 pm CDT

I went back inside to wait for the Moon to rise above some of the haze. When I returned at 9:59, the conditions were better. There was still a hazy glow near the Moon. I liked the effect. How about you?

9:59 pm CDT

Timing is everything, so I’ve heard. This moon coincides with the ripening of strawberries. Hence the name Strawberry Moon.

Much has been written in recent years about super-moons. That occurs when the Moon is at its nearest distance from Earth at full moon. This time, the Moon was at its farthest from Earth when full. The term mini-moon or micro-moon has been applied by some for this event. For more information about this full-moon, follow this link to Space.com. The following image compares a super to a micro moon. See this link for details.

Astronomy Picture of the Day | Catalin Paduraru

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9 thoughts on “Strawberry Moon | Micromoon | 9 Jun 2017

  1. The ripening of strawberries? We started gorging ourselves on strawberries in February, and the strawberry festivals are only a memory. Strawberry season’s over here.

    So… whoever named the strawberry moon didn’t live in Texas. I was curious, so I went looking, and found it was the Algonquin tribe, who lived in present-day New England, parts of Canada, and around the Great Lakes. That explains that. We’d have to call it the blackberry moon. I picked blackberries last night, but didn’t get to see the moonrise.

    My only little grump is that I wish they’d stop with mini-moons and super-moons. Every time I hear “super moon” I think about McDonald’s. On the other hand, I love your creative “strawberry moon.”

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  2. Sometimes things are disappointing. Last year, the first weekend in June, we made a point of attending the Rhubarb Festival in Aledo, IL. http://www.aledorhubarbfest.com/
    Suzy Bogguss is from there and was going to perform for free. We got there early and hungry. They were all out of rhubarb baked items!

    I have a blackberry plant at the corner of the yard. It is loaded with small growing berries. In about 2 weeks, we should have some to put on ice cream or cereal.

    I’m glad you liked the photo.

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