What Time Does ‘Midsummer Strawberry Moon’ Rise?

So you need to know exactly when moonrise is. Not only will it be a beautiful color, and show plenty of surface features, but it will also look relatively large as it appears on the horizon in the context of trees, buildings and/or hills.

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What Time Does 'Midsummer Strawberry Moon' Rise?
A commercial airplane crossing the biggest and brightest full moon of the century over Athens, Greece on Nov 14, 2016.

A commercial airplane crossing the biggest and brightest full moon of the century over Athens, Greece on Nov 14, 2016. GETTY

Tonight’s Full Moon is easily my favorite of the year. Not only is it well timed to help ring-in Friday’s summer solstice in the northern hemisphere (June 21), but it also sees the moon get in the right position to cause something truly incredible in two weeks time.

On July 2, 2019, the next New Moon will slip perfectly in front of the Sun for just over two minutes, as seen from a ranch in central Chile that I intend to be at. However, that will only be possible because of the exact position of tonight’s full moon.

That rare total solar eclipse is one for next month, but for now, the rise of the full moon tonight in the southeast is sure to be one of the most beautiful sights in all of nature. It always is. Here’s everything you need to know to see the rise of the “Midsummer Moon” tonight.

When is the full moon today?

The exact time of June’s full moon is 08:31 UTC (GMT) today, so by the time you read this, it may have technically already have waxed to 100% illumination and be on the wane. However, the best time to catch it (aside from moonset this morning at dawn, which I’ll presume you won’t or didn’t see) is tonight, when the Full Moon rises at its latest time of the entire year in the northern hemisphere. It will still be 99.8%-100% full.

June's Full Moon rising in the U.K., also known as a Strawberry Moon, Mead Moon, Rose Moon, and Hot Moon

June’s Full Moon rising in the U.K., also known as a Strawberry Moon, Mead Moon, Rose Moon, and Hot Moon GETTY

What is tonight’s full moon called?

I’m referring to tonight’s full moon as the “Midsummer Moon” because it occurs only a few days before Friday’s summer solstice (when, technically speaking, astronomical summer begins, not “middles”).

However, June’s full moon has been called everything from the “Strawberry Moon” (by the Algonquin tribes of present-day New England) and “Green Corn Moon” (Cherokee) to “Vat Purnima” (India) and the plain old, rather obvious “Hot Moon.” Of course, you can just call is “a full moon.” It’s up to you.

What’s so special about tonight’s ‘Midsummer Moon?’

It rises very late in the day, and it’s a relatively brief appearance. In the northern hemisphere, it’s the latest rising full moon of the year. We are now very close to the longest days and shortest nights of the year, so tonight the late-rising full moon will shine for the shortest amount of time of any moon this year.

When is the best time to look at the ‘Midsummer Moon?’

Moonrise. The best time to observe the full moon is when it rises or sets. As it appears on the southeastern horizon around sunset, it will be a delicate shade of orange, which eventually becomes a brighter yellow, brightening still as it rises above the horizon. The opposite happens at moonset at sunrise, though at this time of year that’s horribly early in the day.

In between these brief 15-minute periods of moonrise and moonset when the full moon is close to the horizon, the full moon is almost impossible to look at since the glare is just too much.

So you need to know exactly when moonrise is. Not only will it be a beautiful color, and show plenty of surface features, but it will also look relatively large as it appears on the horizon in the context of trees, buildings and/or hills.

The moon is seen as it rises over Washington, DC on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 from the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, Va.

The moon is seen as it rises over Washington, DC on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 from the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, Va. NASA

‘Midsummer Moon’ moonrise times for North America (99.9%-100%)

All times are local times. You can check the times for your exact location on timeanddate.com/moon. Look southeast.

20:54 (New York City)

21:01 (Washinton D.C.)

20:55  (Chicago)

21:00 (Denver)

20:12 (Phoenix)

20:39 (Los Angeles)

22:33 (Juneau)

19:55 (Honolulu)

‘Midsummer Moon’ moonrise times for Europe (99.8%)

All times are local times. You can check the times for your exact location on timeanddate.com/moon. Look southeast.

21:30 (London)

22:07 (Paris)

22:01 (Madrid)

21:39 (Berlin)

20:58 (Rome)

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