Don’t Miss the Strawberry Moon – The Last Supermoon of 2021
On Thursday afternoon, June 24, 2021, the next full Moon will appear opposite the Sun in Earth-based longitude at 2:40 p.m. EDT. While this will be on Thursday for much of the Earth, from India Standard Time eastward to Line Islands Time, and the International Dateline will be on Friday morning. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from early Wednesday morning through early Saturday morning.
In the 1930s the Maine Farmer’s Almanac began publishing Native American names for the year’s full Moons. According to this Almanac, the Algonquin tribes of what is now the northeastern United States called this the Strawberry Moon. The name comes from the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in the northeastern United States.
An old European name for this full Moon is the Mead Moon or Honey Moon. Mead is a drink created by fermenting honey mixed with water and sometimes with fruits, spices, grains, or hops. In some countries, mead is also called honey wine (though in others honey wine is different). Some writings suggest that the time around the end of June was when honey was ready for harvesting, which made this the “sweetest” Moon.