Friday Is The Best Time To See The Minimoon

Lena Tucker
June 9, 2017

On Friday, June 09, night watchers will be gazing at the minimoon or Strawberry Moon. Known as a micromoon or minimoon, it's a full moon that appears slightly smaller than a typical full moon.

The "Strawberry Moon" is named after the short strawberry harvesting season that occurs during the month of June. Native Americans gave names to the full moon of each month to keep track the season. Also, minimoons lack luminosity compared to usual full moons. But don't let the name fool you, the moon won't appear pink or misshapen in the sky.

Supermoon: A Full or New Moon that occurs when the center of the Moon is less than 223,694 (360,000 kilometers) from the center of Earth.

That farthest point in the moon's orbit is called "apogee".

When a full moon is at perigee - the closest point on the lunar orbit to the Earth - it is called a supermoon. During its perigee, it gets to within about 220,000 miles of the planet.

"Ancient peoples were acutely aware of many things about the sky, certainly more than the average person is now".

According to astronomical calculations, the Moon will reach the full phase tomorrow at 4:10 pm Doha time, and pass through Apogee point at 1:21 am.

The moon will already be below the horizon for night watchers in continental USA during its peak period.

The June minimoon was bestowed the name Rose Moon by European colonists. If you're not an early riser, the second best time to view it is around sunset Thursday, which is at 8:32 pm. Much of tonight the moon will be a small fraction more lit than Friday night. For June, the tribes referred to the full moon as the strawberry moon because June was the prime month for strawberries to be harvested. Experts say that the next minimoon will appear in July 2018.

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