While many of our favorite summer activities might look a little different this year (think: social distancing at the beach and wearing face masks at Disney World), there are plenty of things that we can still enjoy, even from the comfort of our own home.

There’s actually something pretty cool happening this weekend, the first weekend in June. Kick off summer by looking to the night sky and enjoying the first full moon of the season. Any budding astronomers in your family will especially enjoy seeing this month’s full moon.

According to NASA, June’s moon goes by several names including Strawberry Moon, Honey Moon, LRO Moon, Mead Moon, Poson Poya, and Vat Purnima. While these names may seem odd, the names actually make sense when you understand where they came from. 

If you’re hoping that the name “Strawberry Moon” means that the moon will look pink or red like a strawberry, you’re going to be disappointed. The name actually comes from the fact that wild strawberries are usually ripe around this time of year. So, you could enjoy eating strawberries while look up at the moon if you want, but the moon will be a bright shining ball like a normal full moon.

 

In certain parts of the world, the moon will not be quite as bright as usual. According to The Farmer’s Almanac, part of Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America will be able to see a penumbral lunar eclipse. According to NASA, a penumbral lunar eclipse is when the moon is “close enough to opposite the Sun that it will pass through part of the partial shadow of the Earth.” Unfortunately, it will not be visible in the United States.

The full moon will last for about 3 days. It will become visible on Thursday morning and last until Sunday morning. The peak time to view the full moon is at night on Friday June 5th, 2020.

Are you going to look for the full moon this weekend?