Full Strawberry Moon 2022: What Time and Day Is June's Supermoon?

June's full strawberry moon is set to appear in the night sky on Tuesday—and it will be the first of three "supermoons" to appear over the summer months.

This month's full moon is technically due to occur on Tuesday morning, June 14, at 7:52 a.m. EDT. However, the moon is set to appear full for three days centered around this time, meaning it will be possible to catch it on Monday and Tuesday night all the way through until Wednesday morning, according to NASA's moon cycle blogger Gordon Johnston.

This month's full moon will be a supermoon. A supermoon is a loosely-defined term that generally means that the moon is full at the same time as it is also closest to Earth during its orbit around our planet—known as its perigee.

The threshold at which a moon becomes a supermoon can vary, but astrologer Richard Nolle, who coined the term, defined it as when a full moon is within 90 percent of its perigee.

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The 'strawberry' part of this month's moon name is a traditional name for the moon in June that has its origins in Native American Algonquin tribes as well as the Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples according to The Old Farmer's Almanac which lists monthly moon names. The name is said to mark the ripening of strawberries at this time of year.

Alternative June moon names include the Egg Laying Moon and Hatching Moon, which are Cree terms referring to a time in which certain animals are born.

According to Johnston, some European sources dubbed the June full moon the Rose Moon, and this could possibly refer to either the time when roses bloom or to the color of the full moon, which can sometimes take on a reddish hue.

This may be true since full moons near the summer solstice tend to be lower in the sky, which is what tends to give them a redder color. However, people should not rush outside this week expecting to see a pink moon. The Old Farmer's Almanac states the name 'Strawberry Moon' has nothing to do with the moon's color.

The moon does appear red during a blood moon, but this is a different phenomenon.

While supermoons are technically closer to Earth than at other times of the year, it might not be very noticeable. That's because the difference between the moon's perigee and its apogee—that is, its closest point to Earth and its furthest point—is not very large. The Moon's perigee is, on average, about 226,000 miles away, and its apogee is about 253,000 miles away.

A particularly close supermoon, known as an extreme perigean full moon, can appear to be less than 8 percent larger than an average full moon. In practical terms, these differences are indistinguishable according to NASA. That said, supermoons can have noticeable effects on the tides.