What Is A Strawberry Moon? 10 Facts About This Amazing Annual Phenomenon

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

On June 9, 2017, the regular moon we’re used to seeing in the sky will appear to transform into what’s known as a Strawberry Moon.

If you’re like me, you probably had no idea what that actually meant when I saw headlines circulating with the news of this special appearance. I know I immediately started imagining being able to look up and see a bright red moon staring back at me.

However, it turns out that the name actually has nothing to do with the color the moon might adopt while orbiting around us.

That’s just one of the surprising facts about this once-a-year celestial event that I was totally in the dark about before brushing up on all the info with help from the Farmer’s Almanac and even some advice from astrologers.

Take a look to see what you hopefully didn’t miss on June 9, 2017!

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Thumbnail Photos: Pixabay / Skeeze, Flickr / halfrain

1. The Name Has Nothing To Do With Its Color

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Although the Strawberry Moon might appear to have a reddish hue, that’s purely a coincidence that can happen to the moon at any time of the year.

Instead, members of the Algonquin tribe originally gave it the fruity title because it coincided with the time their strawberries were ready to harvest.

2. The Best Time To See It Is The Morning

morning moon

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, it was at peak fullness right around 9:10 AM Eastern Standard Time on June 9, which of course was night time in other areas of the world.

3. It’s The Smallest Full Moon

moon and earth

The Farmer’s Almanac also refers to the orb as a “mini moon” since it is at its farthest orbit away from Earth and therefore appears 14% smaller.

4. It’s Also The Lowest Moon

low moon

The Farmer’s Almanac explains that its low-level is what causes it to take on an reddish, amber hue, especially if the air is humid, something that can occur throughout the year — but never quite as low as it will be on June 9.

5. It Inspired Wedding Traditions


June was traditionally the most popular time for couples to plan their weddings, something the Farmer’s Almanac claims gave them good luck for their marriage.

The amber hue of a Strawberry Moon also inspired the name “honey moon” and is rumored to be the inspiration behind the same name for a couple’s post-wedding honeymoon vacation.

6. You Don’t Need Special Equipment To See It


Just like any other moon phase, it will be perfectly visible when you simply look up — unless you live in an area with light pollution, which makes things a little hazier.

7. The Next Few Days After Are Supposed To Be Rainy

rainy day

The Farmer’s Almanac claims that days following both a new moon and a full moon are more likely to be filled with stormy weather.

8. Astrologists Believe It Signals A Time Of Transformation

8. Astrologists Believe It Signals A Time Of Transformation

According to Astrology King, the symbolism of the ripe strawberry harvest that inspired the moon’s name also extends to the zodiac signs and their ability to grow into their full potential too.

9. It Will Be On Display For Two Days

strawberry moon

Because of the various time zones around the world and the Strawberry Moon’s orbit around Earth, it first came into view in some parts of the globe on Thursday, June 8, and will be on full display for our hemisphere Friday, June 9.

10. It Won’t Come Back For More Than A Year

clear sky

The next “mini moon” will take about a year, one month, and 18 days to return to our skies, so the folks at Earth Sky predict the next petite Strawberry Moon won’t occur again until July 27, 2018.

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