Fellow astronomy nerds, I hope you’ve been keeping up with all the crazy astronomy events going on lately. But if not, I’ve GOT YOU! Along with the Five Planet Alignment that hasn’t happened since 2004, a ‘Strawberry Supermoon’ will light up the night sky on Tuesday night (6/14).
NPR says the astrological phenomenon gets its name from the Algonquin Native American tribe in the northeastern and U.S. and eastern Canada. They named it after the strawberry harvesting season in the region.
Supermoons appear when the moon is full and at its closest orbital distance to Earth. NASA says supermoons are 17% bigger and 30% brighter than the moon when it is farthest from the Earth during its orbit. These happen three to four times a year, and always consecutively.
For this one, we got lucky since you won’t need any kind of binoculars or telescope to see this EXTRA large moon. The only caveat is if there are clouds covering the sky.
Although we will be able to see it, you might get a better picture or see the extra details of the Supermoon through a live stream taking place as the moon rises over Rome, Italy. This will occur at 3:15 pm EST. Check out the live stream here.
The best time to view the Strawberry Supermoon will be just before 8 pm EST on Tuesday night.
How will you be celebrating the Strawberry Supermoon?