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Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Honey Moon All in Full Bloom

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 08:28 AM

This year's strawberry moon, which took full bloom Tuesday, thrilled sky watchers when it joined with Saturn and the star Antares climbing to their highest point in the sky through dawn Wednesday.

The strawberry moon usually sits low in the northern hemisphere, allowing the Earth's atmosphere to give it "warm tint," according to HLN.

Strawberry moons represent the short season in which strawberries can be harvested, but it's also called a "rose moon" in Europe because strawberries are not native there. Sometimes it's called the "honey moon," referring to June as the most popular month for weddings, noted HLN.

Bruce McClure of EarthSky.org said sky watchers in North America missed out when the moon first turned full Tuesday because it happened in the middle of the day when it was beneath the horizon.

McClure said North American viewers saw a "waxing gibbous moon" in the morning and a "waning gibbous moon" at night Tuesday.

"Even so, the moon will look plenty full all night long, in North America and around the world, as it lights up the nighttime from dusk until dawn," said McClure.

Twitter and other social media sites were flooded with photos of this year's strawberry moon Tuesday.


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