Strawberry Supermoon: Pictures of June's Full Moon From Across the World

Last night, the "Strawberry" supermoon put on a spectacular show—one that was captured by photographers around the world.

Full moons are lunar phases that occur roughly once every month when our natural satellite is located opposite the sun, with the Earth directly in-between. During a full moon, the side that faces towards our planet is fully illuminated, appearing as a perfect circle.

A popular name for the full moon that occurs in the month of June is the "Strawberry Moon," which originates with Native American peoples.

The Strawberry Moon above Greece
The "Strawberry Moon" behind the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, south of Athens, Greece, on June 14, 2022. ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP via Getty Images

This name refers to the fact that June is traditionally a time when wild strawberries are ready for harvest in North America.

"June's full moon was named to what translates in the English language as 'Strawberry Moon' by several indigenous peoples, including members of the Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, to mark the ripening of wild strawberries," Catherine Boeckmann, senior digital editor for the website of The Old Farmer's Almanac, told Newsweek.

The Strawberry Moon behind Manhattan, New York
The full "Strawberry" supermoon rises behind lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City on June 14, 2022, as seen from North Arlington, New Jersey. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Other names given to the June full moon include the Blooming Moon, Green Corn Moon, Hoer Moon, Birth Moon and Hatching Moon.

A supermoon behind the Hagia Sophia mosque
The supermoon behind the Hagia Sophia mosque on June 13, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey. Cem Tekkesinoglu/dia images via Getty Images

Technically, the moon only turns full at a specific moment, which on June 14 was 11:52 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) or 7:52 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). Nevertheless, the moon will actually appear full to most people for around three days centered on this time.

The full moon above Chennai, India
The full moon is pictured above the illuminated Kapaleeswarar temple in Chennai, India, on June 14, 2022. ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images

Photographers around the world managed to capture some jaw-dropping images of the full moon in the night sky above some of the world's most scenic locations, including the Manhattan skyline, the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, and the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii.

The Strawberry Moon above Singapore
The full "Strawberry" moon rises above Singapore on June 14, 2022. ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images

The Strawberry Moon was also considered to be a "supermoon," which is a non-scientific term to describe a full moon when it is very close to its perigee.

The full moon above Baghdad, Iraq
The full moon rises behind the cathedral of Saint Joseph in Baghdad's Karada district on June 14, 2022. HUSSEIN FALEH/AFP via Getty Images

Perigee is the point in the moon's orbit when it is closest to our planet. The moon's orbit around the Earth is not perfectly circular and is actually elliptical, or oval-shaped. As a result, the distance between the moon and our planet varies over time and at some points it will be closer to Earth than others.

There are several definitions of a supermoon but among the most common describes it as any full moon that is within 90 percent of its minimum distance from the Earth.

The Strawberry supermoon as seen from California
The "Strawberry" supermoon rises on June 14, 2022 as seen from Lawndale, California. PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

Supermoons appear slightly larger and brighter in the sky than an average full moon. But casual stargazers will often not recognize the difference at first glance because the variations are not obvious, according to Gianluca Masi, an astronomer from the Virtual Telescope Project

The Strawberry Moon above Mauna Loa, Hawaii
The "Strawberry" supermoon above the Mauna Loa volcano on June 14, 2022. NPS Photo/J.Wei

"The difference in apparent size can be seen on photographs: take a picture of the supermoon and compare it with another picture of a typical full moon, provided you use the very same equipment/zoom factor. You will see the difference," he told Newsweek.

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