Strawberry SuperMoon

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June’s full Moon is called a Strawberry Moon, which, according to National Public Radio, comes from the Algonquin Native American Tribe and refers to the strawberry harvesting season and not any color change with the Moon. What makes the Full Moon “super” is that the Moon happens to be close to the Earth in its orbit; the Moon’s perigee. If the Moon’s orbit is within 90% or higher of perigee, meaning close to the Earth in its orbit, than it is considered a SuperMoon. NPR states that NASA says a SuperMoon appears about 17% bigger and 30% brighter than the faintest Moon of the year, when the Moon is at apogee, or farthest from Earth in its orbit. That all being said, the Moon looked especially big and bright the night of 13 June 2022 when this image was taken from the backyard.

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