Enjoy Tonight's Strawberry Moon

June 15, 2011; 4:37 PM
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Did you know each month's full moon has a name?

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the Native Americans that resided in what is now the northern and eastern United States named the full moons to keep track of the seasons.

For example, the Harvest Moon is always the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

If two full moons occur in one month (which happens "once in a Blue Moon"), the second full moon is called a Blue Moon.

Tonight's June full moon is known as the Strawberry Moon, because it appears near the time of the strawberry harvest.

Of course, nowadays strawberries can be harvested much earlier in the year in California and Florida.

The June moon is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon.

Unfortunately, those of you living from the Upper Midwest to parts of the Southeast may have a cloudy night sky.

People living in parts of Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia get the treat of a total lunar eclipse.


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