Strawberry Moon: How and When to See the Last Super Moon of the Year

This Friday, the last supermoon of the year will occur, a phenomenon that occurs when the phase of the full moon coincides with the location of its orbit closest to Earth, explains Juan Carlos Bumen, astronomer and scientific coordinator at Centro Comunicación de las. Sensias independent university. The scientist says that the full moon on June 24 “will be the last supermoon of 2021”.

“At 1 a.m. this Friday, we will have the highest point in the sky, a climax,” Francesca Contreras, publisher Department of Astronomy FCFM of the U de Chile.

Bimin adds that The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is 384,000 km, “But this varies, and at its closest point it can reach 356,000 km and at its furthest point about 406,000 km. The fact that this full moon is a little closer to Earth makes it appear a little bigger and brighter.”

Contreras adds that the Moon’s orbit around the Earth is not round but flat in the shape of an ellipse. “When the moon is at its lowest distance (perigee) and when the moon is full, We call it Supermon.”

The photo was taken in April from the Vicuña Bridge in the Elcoy Valley. Credit: Onias Rojas, astrophotographer at Mamaluka Observatory

This Thursday, “the moon will rise at 17.40 a.m. in the east and set on Friday at 7.38 a.m. in the west. Best time to spot it is 1am (it will be highest in the sky)When he’s over our heads anyway, the time to leave and set up is a sight that can’t be missed as a larger-scale visual effect is produced,” says Contreras.

The name Strawberry Moon He has no astronomical reason, It is simply associated with the strawberry harvest that occurs in the northern hemisphere, but the moon will not have any special color. That’s just a name given to it by a group of Native Americans who named the various full moons of the year.Argues Beamin.

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Contreras says that for this phenomenon to occur, “the full moon must coincide with its lowest distance from Earth, we have a full moon every time The sun and the moon are in complete opposition, This means that at the time when the sun sets, the moon appears in the east. This means we can enjoy the moon all night long.”

We will be able to appreciate this super moon,” even on Wednesday and Friday evenings, when that day will also look very beautiful and very bright. When we have a Supermoon, we’re talking about generates 15% more shine, So it’s a great opportunity to get out at night, if it’s not cloudy, and enjoy it,” adds the publisher from U de Chile.

Beamin indicates that the most important astronomical event During this year, “the total solar eclipse that will be seen in Antarctica will be on December 4, but it will not be visible from the mainland.”

We also have meteor showers that happen every year more or less on the same dates. “Among them, the Orionids and Geminids stand out, which are very beautiful to see. The blessing is that you don’t need a telescope to see them, just look in the direction of the constellation Orion or Gemini, and we can see more “falling stars” than usual.”

Beamin shares the schedule for the Meteor Shower. July 27: Delta Aquarids, August 12: Perseids, October 7: Draconids, October 21: Orionids, November 5: Southern Taurids, November 12: Northern Taurids, November 17: Leonids, November 19: Geminids and December 22: rsidas.”

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Tourists at Pucon Beach, during the total solar eclipse in 2020. Photo: Nadia Perez/AgenciaUno

Although this is the last supermoon of the year, there are other very interesting astronomical events to enjoy, “We always have different reasons to look at the sky, such as meteor showers or the different phases of the moon, but also This year will be marked by some interesting eclipses, As on November 19, a partial solar eclipse, which if we are lucky we will be able to estimate at the time of sunset, that is, before sunrise, and also on December 4 it will cover Antarctica, which can be seen from scientific grounds. “Another place that can estimate the occurrence of this eclipse is the Falkland Islands,” Contreras says.

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