Many Moons

Full moons during the year have many different names in many different cultures.

Most people want something in the sky to be special and unique to their lifetime on Earth. An Earth that has been here for four and a half billion years.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Traditional Native American names for the moons:

June Strawberry, Corn-Planting;
July Buffalo (Bull), Hot Sun;
August Harvest, Cow Buffalo;
September Wild Rice, Red Plum;
October Leaf-Falling, Nuts;
November Deer-Mating, Fur-Pelts; 
December Wolves, Big Moon;
January Difficulty, Black Smoke; 
February Raccoon, Bare Spots on the Ground; 
March Wind, Little Grass, Sore-Eye;
April Ducks, Goose-Eggs; and
May Green Grass, Root-Food.

From Earth, the full moon appears fully illuminated because it is positioned directly opposite the Sun.

Strawberry Moon
 Park Point, Duluth, Minnesota, 20 June 2016
 Photograph: Grant Johnson

The June full moon is called the Strawberry Moon. Because the June full moon never gets comparatively high above the horizon, nor does the Sun get comparatively low below the horizon, the Strawberry moon is characterized by its reddish to honey-colored tint from sunlight filtered through our atmosphere. 
 This year the Strawberry Moon coincided with the June Solstice in the northern hemisphere. A Strawberry Moon on the summer solstice hasn’t happened since 1948.

Originally published at on June 25, 2016.

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