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When is June's 'Strawberry Moon?' Expect the full moon to dazzle

USA TODAY NETWORK - New England

There have been some magnificent displays of skyward magic lately.

There have been meteor showers. There was a total solar eclipse in April, and several planetary alignments, including a "planet parade" earlier this week.

The northern lights created a spectacle in May, and could do so again as we continue to the sun nears the peak of "solar maximum."

And later this month, just after the summer solstice, will be on the rise. Here's what to know.

Moon schedule for June 2024

  • дNew Moon: June 6.
  • 🌓First Quarter: June 14.
  • 🌕Full Moon: June 21.
  • 🌗Last Quarter: June 28.

Why is it called the Strawberry Moon?

Similar to the Pink Moon, June's takes its name from seasonal plant growth, . Many ripening berries were ready to be harvested around this time in the northeastern United States.

from Native American tribes include the Birth Moon, Hot Moon, Blooming Moon, and the Green Corn Moon.

Pictured is the full strawberry moon as it appeared on June 3, 2023.

Why does the moon sometimes appear red?

You may have noticed the moon will occasionally take on a in the night sky. That's because of how sunlight strikes the moon's surface after passing through our atmosphere.

What moon follows the Strawberry Moon?

is set to charge into the sky on Sunday, July 21, 2024.

The first full moon in June called the  Strawberry Moon sets over the Orion capsule atop NASA's Space Launch System rocket at Kennedy Space Center, FL  Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Astronomical events happening in June 2024

  • June 6: New moon.
  • June 21: Full moon.
  • June 24: Jupiter is now visible low in the east before sunrise. Look for the bright planet around 10 degrees above the horizon this final week of June, forming a line with Mars and Saturn that stretches toward the south.
  • June 27: Look for the Moon rising in the east with Saturn around midnight. By dawn this morning, you'll find them high in the southern sky. They appear super close together – close enough to appear in the same field of view through binoculars.

John Tufts of contributed to this report.