June 25, 2021 7 min read
This year is a busy year for astronomy enthusiasts and sky gazers as it is lined up with a number of spectacular and unusual cosmic events.
Right after the world saw a Supermoon, Blood Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse followed by a Solar Eclipse and the Summer Solstice, another celestial extravaganza, Full Moon, appeared in the night sky on Thursday, 24th June. The June Full Moon was observed for about three days, starting from early Wednesday morning through Saturday morning.
The month of June has indeed been an exhibition of rare planetary convergences and also marked this year's final Super Moon, as the Full Strawberry Moon illuminated the night sky. This Strawberry Moon was the last full moon of the spring season. It appeared as a faded orange orb which kept turning to yellow as it moved above the horizon. After a while, it appeared glorious and glowed so brightly that it was almost not possible to look directly.
Source: Science Times
What makes the Full Moon even more special as a celestial spectacle is its different and interesting names. There are many seasonal and ancient names used for describing the June Full Moon. Some of these interesting names are:
There are many other names like Flower Moon, Hot Moon, Hoe Moon, and Planting Moon, given to the Full Moon by different communities across the world.
It takes the Moon about 29.5 days to complete a revolution around the Earth during which time it reaches its full phase. On a rare occasion, the coincidence of the Summer Solstice and the Strawberry Moon occurs once in 20 years.
The next full moon, Buck Moon, will appear on July 24th, followed by Sturgeon Moon and Harvest Moon. Watch this space and follow our Cosmic Saga series for more on these!
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