This month’s supermoon, the “Strawberry Moon,” rises on Thursday. The Strawberry supermoon will reach peak illumination at 2:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 24. Visibility will be optimal in the southeastern skies just after sunset, with the moon appearing to be larger than normal and golden in color
What makes a supermoon? When it coincides with its closest point to Earth (called its perigee) on its elliptical orbit. It will appear as much as 7 percent bigger, and brighter than a regular full moon. Since the moon will appear full until early Saturday morning, lunar enthusiasts will have several opportunities to catch it.
“Strawberry Moon” is a name that originates from the Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, and marks the ripening and gathering of strawberries in North America in the month of June.
Take a look. People watch the Strawberry Moon rise over the ocean on Narrawallee Beach, near Mollymook on the south coast of New South Wales, on June 6, 2020. Photo: David Gray/AFP via Getty Images.
For anyone unable to witness the Strawberry supermoon from an outdoor vantage point, Virtual Telescope Project will be livestreaming the event—as seen over Rome—from 3:00 p.m. ET on June 24.
For hundreds of years it’s been thought the moon affects the way we behave. Craziness and epilepsy many believed were caused by the moon. Pregnant women are rumored to be more likely to give birth on a full moon. There have been reports that violent crime increases among psychiatric patients and prison inmates. Outdoor criminal activity, too. And a 2013 study found people took five minutes longer to fall asleep on average, and slept for 20 minutes less overall around a full moon
In 1966 the moon had enough pull to prompt Frank Sinatra to go into a studio to record an entire lunar album.