Friday the 13th Full Moon
POSTED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 9:56pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 11:45pm
This month's full moon happens to fall on Friday the 13th- a coincidence that may seem a little spooky to some. The June full moon is nicknamed the "Strawberry Moon" because the strawberry crop is traditionally harvested during this month. Others refer to it as the "Honey Moon" because of it's amber coloring, which is caused by the lunar orb being located closer to the horizon than other full moons. Some believe that this is where the marriage related term "honeymoon" came from, because certain cultures held weddings during the month of June.
This full moon falls closest to the summer solstice (June 21st), which is when the sun's path across the sky is at its highest. This means that the moon will be at its lowest point of the year, which will cause it to look larger than normal.
You can catch the full moon as it rises tonight. It will reach it's fullest point around 11:11 our time (12:11 am EDT). The last time a full moon fell on the superstitious day was back in August 2011. However, the next one won't be until Aug. 13, 2049!