If in April and May the Moon, our only satellite, was the protagonist with the egg moon first and the Flower Moon and the Eclipse later, in June, once summer has entered, it returns to become the undisputed queen of the night with an event to mark in the 2021 astronomical calendar. We will be the faithful spectators of a great and beautiful spectacle: a Supermoon. It will be the last time this year that we will be able to see it , so the event takes on special strength.
What is a Supermoon
The Supermoon is an astronomical phenomenon, baptized that way by the astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, which occurs when the Moon passes through the point of its orbit closest to the Earth (this event is known as perigee) and that in turn the satellite is in phase of full moon. The moon can be seen 14% larger and up to 30% brighter than usual.
On this occasion the June Supermoon will be located 361,536 km from the center of the Earth.The coincidence of the perigee with the full phase of the moon only occurs about four times a year. This 2021 there will only be three supermoons, this Thursday being the last of the year. To see the next Supermoon we will have to wait until March 22, 2022.
Strawberry moon, why is it pink or red
The term strawberry moon is not because our satellite turns pink or red. According to NASA, it originates from the first Native American tribes of farmers; This is how they designated it because it was the time of year when the strawberries began to ripen. This year we have already been able to enjoy two supermoons: the Egg Moon on April 27 and the Flower Moon on May 26.
It is also known as rose moon, associated with the harvest of roses, and also hot moon, due to the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere.
Where and when can we see
The Strawberry Moon or Supermoon will be visible to the naked eyefrom any part of the world. In Spain it will appear in our skies on June 24 at 7:39 p.m. peninsular time, but it will not be until 1:40 a.m. when it can be seen in its maximum splendor, when the moon will reach its maximum illumination.
Tips: to see it, first wait for it to be done at night (it’s a truism), and then look for a place that is dark and has little light pollution to be able to enjoy the event in all its splendor. A telescope and binoculars will make your sighting a delight . If there is no possibility to use them, just look up and enjoy the beauty of Selene.