The skies across the globe were illuminated with a rubicund light when the strawberry moon came out this weekend. The rose-tainted moon glowing in the dark sky offered the stargazers a breathtakingly beautiful sight.
This celestial event, known as the last full moon of spring and sometimes the first of summer, was captured by people rising above the Empire State Building, behind Stonehenge and at various other places around the world.
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Contrary to its name, the strawberry moon's title does not stem from its appearance or colour. Instead, Native American tribes coined the name to signify the ripening of "June-bearing" strawberries, signifying an abundant time for harvest. The Old Farmer's Almanac explains that as flowers bloom and early fruits ripen, June becomes a season of great abundance for many.
This year, moon gazers in specific regions will enjoy an additional celestial treat. Individuals located in Argentina and the Atlantic Daylight Time zones, extending across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia to the International Date Line, will witness the presence of Antares, the brightest star in the Scorpius constellation, positioned a few degrees to the right of the moon.
In different regions, the June full moon holds various cultural and traditional significance. In European folklore, it has been called the honeymoon, as June traditionally marked the month of marriage and is associated with the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno. For followers of Hinduism, the full moon and its three-day visibility symbolise Vat Purnima, a time when women express love for their husbands by tying ceremonial threads around banyan trees.
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It should also be noted that, unlike Earth, the moon’s surface does not have tectonic plates causing quakes