Learn about the Full Moon in June 2019! Why is it called the Strawberry Moon? When is the best time to see the Full Moon? Here are Moon facts and folklore from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
What is the Full Strawberry Moon?
The June Full Moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon. This Full Moon got its name from the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries. It has also been known as the Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and the Full Rose Moon in Europe.
Where Did Full Moon Names Come From?
Naming the full Moons is an age-old practice, nothing new. Ancient peoples commonly tracked the seasons by following the lunar calendar (versus today’s Gregorian calendar, which is a solar calendar).
For millennia, people across the world—including Native Americans—named the months after nature’s cues. Later, Colonial Americans adopted many of the Native American names and incorporated them into the modern calendar, as you will see in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, founded in 1792 during George Washington’s presidency.
Moon Phases for June 2019
The full Moon in June reaches peak fullness early in the morning of Monday, June 17, at 4:31 A.M. EDT. See our Moon Phase Calendar for peak times in your location and our Moonrise & Moonset Calculator to find out when to keep an eye on the sky!
Your best chance to see the June full Moon will occur on the night of Sunday, June 16, which also happens to be Father’s Day. The Moon will rise in the evening shortly after sunset and be visible until just after sunrise on the 17th.
(Note: All dates and times below are ET.)
New Moon: June 3, 6:02 A.M. First Quarter: June 10, 1:59 A.M. Full Moon: June 17, 4:31 A.M. Last Quarter: June 25, 5:46 A.M.
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
Full Strawberry Moon Video
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Strawberry Moon. Click below to watch video.
Best Days in June 2019
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in June.
Activity Best Days Camping 15, 16 Cutting Hay 25, 26 Getting Married 11, 12 Setting Eggs 11, 12, 19, 20 Fishing 3–17
Moon Facts & Folklore A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry. Days following both the New and Full Moons are most likely to be rainy or stormy. Crabbing, shrimping, and clamming are best when the Moon is full.
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Did you know that the Summer Solstice happens in June? Learn more at Almanac.com/summer!
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