‘Strawberry’ supermoon to adorn night sky Thursday and Friday

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The Washington Post 24 June, 2021 - 05:08pm 52 views

Why is it called a strawberry moon?

Why is it called the strawberry moon? June's full moon is called the strawberry moon because it signaled to some Native American tribes that it was the time of year to gather ripening strawberries, the almanac says. desmoinesregister.comHow to watch the last – and most adorably named – supermoon of 2021 in Iowa

When will the strawberry moon appear 2021?

The full Strawberry Moon rises on Thursday, June 24, 2021! almanac.comStrawberry Moon: Full Moon in June 2021 | The Old Farmer's Almanac

When is the next full moon in June?

The next full Moon will be on Thursday afternoon, June 24, 2021, appearing opposite the Sun in Earth-based longitude at 2:40 p.m. EDT. NASA Planetary ScienceThe Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon and a Marginal Supermoon – NASA Solar System Exploration

Updated 7:12 AM ET, Thu June 24, 2021

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Final supermoon of the year will make our lunar satellite appear larger and brighter tonight

Daily Mail 26 June, 2021 - 02:06pm

By Ryan Morrison For Mailonline and Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

The final supermoon of 2021 will light up the sky tonight, appearing up to 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent larger than a normal moon, according to astronomers.

The supermoon, named for the fact it comes when the natural satellite is in its closest point in its orbit with Earth, will reach its peak brightness before sunset.

The peak is at about 19:40 BST (14:40 ET) but the Met Office forecast suggests rain and cloud cover across most of the UK throughout the night, so it will be obscured.

Each month's full moon has a name, and for June it is known as the Strawberry Moon, named for the fact it is strawberry season, when the berries are ripe for picking. 

People have shared stunning images of the nearly full moon throughout the UK, but it reaches the peak, appearing at its maximum size and brightness, tonight.

An almost full supermoon over Glastonbury in Somerset last night. A Strawberry Moon will light up the sky on Thursday, June 24 and will be the last supermoon for the year

The supermoon, named for the fact it comes when the natural satellite is in its closest point in its orbit with Earth, will reach its peak brightness before sunset but was already visible over London last night - as seen in this image

The moon is unlikely to appear strawberry coloured, as the name comes from the time of year rather than the moon itself.

The Farmer's Almanac also notes that this specific supermoon has had a number of names in the past, all linked to the natural world, including blooming moon. 

Other names, often given by Native American tribes, include green corn moon, hoer moon, birth moon, egg laying moon, honey moon and mead moon.

The phrase 'honeymoon' may be tied to this full moon, possibly due to the tradition of marrying in June or because the 'honey moon' is the 'sweetest' moon of the year. 

A supermoon occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, known as perigee, and appears larger and brighter than a typical full moon.

TV presenter, author and world-class astronomer Mark Thompson said a supermoon is a great opportunity to to look for features on the lunar surface.

'The ease with which the full moon can be spotted makes it a great object for kids and newcomers to stargazing,' he said.

'See how many craters you can spot or if you can locate the Sea of Tranquillity where Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin landed in 1969.' 

He added that the best time to view a supermoon was just after sunset as the gas and dust in the atmosphere will turn it an 'eerie orange colour'.

The peak is at about 19:40 BST (14:40 ET) but the Met Office forecast suggests rain and cloud cover across most of the UK throughout the night, so it will be obscured. Skygazers have been sharing photos of the larger than usual moon from last night when it was 'nearly full' 

A Strawberry Moon will light up the sky on Thursday, June 24 and will be the last supermoon for the year. Pictured is the Strawberry Moon when it appeared in the UK last year

Taking photographs of the moon can be a challenge, explained Thompson, who said people are often inspired to capture their own picture but just see a tiny white blob.

'To successfully capture lunar close-ups, a long lens is a must. Aspiring photographers should check out these expert tips from Canon for more advice.'  

Skygazers will have a chance to witness the stunning display of the golden hued moon through until Saturday morning, so if it is overcast there are other chances. 

Venus will also be visible with the supermoon and Mars will also be glowing 10 degrees above the horizon.  

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Android users have similar options available to them as those on iOS, with a choice between the built in camera app and third party software.

Here's a step by step-guide for the two methods:

Each version of Android may be slightly different, as the operating system can be customised by individual handset manufacturers, so instructions may vary.

1 - Turn off the flash in the camera app. The flash will only light up nearby objects and bounce light back into the lens, which could ruin your shot.

Tap the flash icon on the side or top of the screen and make sure to select the lightning bolt in a circle with a line going through it – depicting the flash as ‘off’

2 -  You'll need to zoom in for the best results. If you need to make the moon more prominent in your image, touch the screen using two fingers and use the spread gesture to zoom in or the pinch gesture to zoom out. However, this will reduce the quality of your image, so it is not advisable to overdo it. 

My attempt at capturing the “Wolf Moon” last night, these are taken with my phone. Who wants to by me a real camera? #WolfMoon #moon #supermoon #Maine @StormHour @WGME @CharlieWGME @mainetoday pic.twitter.com/31lmhRSWN7

3 - Many Android phones have a manual mode to drill-down and customise the camera settings. Open the camera app and then tap the three vertical lines icon in the top left corner, then tap manual.

4 - On the left hand-side of the camera interface, you will see a JPG icon.

Tap on it and it will switch to RAW JPG. This will allow corrections to be made to the image while keeping a high-quality image after it has been taken. 

5 - Change the Exposure Value by tapping the EV option on screen and selecting a low exposure.

6 - Select the ISO option and choose a value of between 80 and 100.

7 - Increase the shutter speed, using the S option on screen,  and choose the longest option. This will keep the shutter open for longer, so ensuring the camera is still while the photo is being taken is crucial .

8 - Once you're happy with the way your image appears on the screen, click the circular capture button at the bottom of the app.

1 - Go to the Google Play and download a relevant app. Adobe's Lightroom app, which is available for iPhone, lets you enhance photos once they have been taken and get the most out of your Android's camera.

2 - Open the Lightroom App and click on the camera icon in the bottom right hand corner, if you want to use its inbuilt camera. Alternatively, jump to step 7 to alter images taken with the inbuilt Android app. 

3 - Make sure sure the File Format is set to DNG rather than JPG. This is an uncompressed raw format, similar to those used by professional photographers, which captures far greater detail.

Adobe's Lightroom app, which is also available for iPhone, lets you enhance photos once they have been taken and get the most out of your Android's camera

4 - Reduce the exposure by swiping left with your finger on the image, until the moon looks grey instead of white. If you take this too far, you can increase the exposure by swiping right. 

5 - Make sure your flash is turned off by clicking on the lightning icon in the top right hand corner and selecting off. 

6 - Once you are happy with the way your image appears on the screen, click the circular capture button at the bottom of the app.

7 - Edit your image within the Lightroom app, which uses technology from Adobe Photoshop to enhance your pictures. This includes increasing clarity and zooming in on an image once it has been taken.

To edit your image, click the X button on the camera window, then select the image you wish to edit. A range of tools are then available at the bottom of the screen.

There are two main ways you can take images on your iPhone – with the built-in camera software, or via a third-party camera app from the App Store.

You will get the best results using a separate app, but there are some specific settings you need for both.

1 - Go to the app store and download a night photography app. For iPhone NightCap Pro app is recommended.

2 - Start by reducing ISO, which impacts how sensitive your camera’s sensor is to light.

To do this, launch the Nightcap app and slide your finger downwards on the left hand side of the screen. Set it the ISO to the minimum of 25 to 64, depending on the model of iPhone. 

You will get the best results using a separate app for iPhone. Go to the app store and download a night photography app, like NightCap Pro

3 - Adjust your exposure by sliding your finger up and down on the right side of the screen to adjust brightness, until the moon looks grey instead of white.

4 - Set your focus to 100 (infinity). This usually happens automatically, but if not slide your finger to the right in the bottom half of the screen to adjust it manually.

5 - Once you are happy with the way your image appears on the screen, click the circular shutter button at the bottom of the app to take a shot.

1 - Turn off the flash. This will only illuminate nearby objects which could ruin your image. To do so, tap the lightning bolt image from the top of the camera app and tap the word 'Off'.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone X now feature enhanced capabilities in low light conditions, to ensure vivid colours are preserved even in the dark.

2 - Zoom in. If you need to make the moon more prominent in your image, now is the time to do this. Pinch on the display with two fingers to zoom in and out.

Digital zooms will reduce the quality of your image, so it is not advisable to use more than 2x zoom.

iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will let you zoom in with an optical zoom rather than digital zoom, which will provide better results.

3 - Lock the focus on your subject by tapping and holding the screen where the moon appears. This will bring up the square autofocus lock box.

4 - Change the image's exposure by using the sun logo slider on the right hand side of the autofocus lock box. This will prevent the moon from appearing blurry in your images.  

5 - Once you are happy with the way your image appears on the screen, click the circular capture button at the bottom of the app.

It's best to do this remotely if possible, for instance, via the volume buttons on your headphones, to avoid any shaking from your finger.  

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Full Moon spiritual meaning: How will tonight's Strawberry Moon affect your horoscope?

Express 26 June, 2021 - 02:06pm

The sixth Full Moon of the year will appear later tonight (June 24). Traditionally, this Full Moon arrives under the guise of the Strawberry Moon or the Rose Moon. But you may also recognise it as the Hot Moon, the Honey Moon or the Mead Moon - peculiar names linked to historical and cultural time-keeping traditions.

This will happen at 7.39pm BST but the Moon should already look plenty full to the naked eye even tonight (June 23).

In astrological terms, the Strawberry Moon will appear tomorrow opposite the Cancer Sun in the sign of Sagittarius the Archer.

Full Moons are said to be a culmination of all the events that were set into motion at the start of a New Moon.

Full Moons, therefore, are the halfway point when the Sun's rays fully illuminate the lunar globe - from our point of view on Earth at least.

Seeds that were planted two weeks ago are bound to bear fruit and something good is about to come your way.

Equally though, trouble could be brewing just around the corner if you have unresolved issues weighing heavily on your mind.

The key to surviving a Full Moon's crescendo is to brace yourself and expect the unexpected.

Even someone typically not affected by the Moon's venture through the lunar cycle is bound to feel the energies around them.

Author Raven Kaldera wrote: "The Moon 'comes into its own', as it were, and shines brightly.

"If the Moon is strongly aspected in the chart, however, it is so powerful that it has a tendency to want to force the individual into being a sort of avatar of that Moon sign, a living archetype rather than a full human with depth.

On a spiritual level, the Moon is said to represent everything that goes on deep inside of you.

Astrologers believe the Moon rules over your emotions, your dreams and your desires.

A Full Moon will, therefore, highlight the parts of your life that you may typically keep hidden from the outside world.

This is in stark contrast to the Sun, which rules over every aspect of your outer life.

In the 2016 book, Moonology: Working with the Magic of Lunar Cycles, author Yasmin Boland said the Moon is also associated with parenting, mothers, memories, feminity and nourishment.

The Moon also shares links with witchcraft, domestic life, childhood, feeding and home.

Ms Boland wrote: "When you start to get in tune with the Moon's cycles, you start to connect with the cosmos and nature.

"We 21st century humans tend to be quite disconnected from the latter."

Strawberry Super Moon lights up the night

The Sun 26 June, 2021 - 02:06pm

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June's Strawberry Moon Will Be Intense For These 3 Zodiac Signs

Bustle 24 June, 2021 - 09:06pm

Expect a few challenges under this lunation.

The June 2021 Full Strawberry Moon will enter in the pragmatic and ambitious sign of Capricorn, encouraging our inner CEO to take charge of our career and creative endeavors. Capricorn’s grounded energy also inspires us to remain practical with our goals and focus on one tangible task at a time, rather than overwhelm ourselves with new ideas and projects. “It’s a good time to organize your space and your mind, and to commit to pursuing your ambitions,” Dana DeFranco, astrologer and co-host of the Allegedly Astrology podcast, tells Bustle. “Consider how you can be of service to yourself, your relationship, or your community. How can you show yourself and others more respect?”

Additionally, the moon will sextile Jupiter (the planet that governs expansion and intellectual growth), which will make ambitious signs more eager to conquer their career field or strengthen professional relationships. This harmonious aspect further initiates a positive balance between the moon’s pragmatic Capricorn energy and Jupiter’s thirst for knowledge and expansion. This might be your sign to explore an entirely new field or market a new skill of yours to create a unique side hustle.

Wondering if your zodiac sign will be deeply affected by this powerful supermoon energy? Whether you’re being drawn to sharpen up your skills or challenged to follow through, the June 2021 Full Strawberry Moon is here to deliver these messages to these zodiac signs. So, if your sun sign is most affected by the June 2021 full moon, brace yourself — this lunation will illuminate challenges before you’re able to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Firestarter Aries is known for leading the pack, and the Strawberry Moon rewards sun sign Aries who are especially driven to succeed. Approaching a new, eruptive idea comes easily to Aries, but this full moon is a guiding light to empower the passion you have behind every ethereal idea you have.

If, however, you’re resistant or avoidant to follow through on one of your brilliant new ideas, this lunation will bring that conflict to the surface. While you might see it as more productive to have a million COGS working at once, this time will serve as a reminder that being productive requires more than drive but also consistency. Focus on one creative or professional skill at a time — not to perfect it but to prove to yourself you can see your ideas through.

This lunation will illuminate a stark challenge of commitment, Libra. The sensible energy of the Capricorn moon will provoke you to come to terms with your tendency to float around between ideas and needs of your relationships or career field. Even if you’re working hard toward a sentimental goal or nourishing your surrounding relationships, if you aren’t fully committed to your intentions behind them, your efforts might feel superficial or insincere.

The supermoon’s grounding energy will guide you through making practical decisions within your workspace and relationships — whether they’re romantic, platonic, or professional. Committing to one priority at a time is critical during this lunation, so reflecting on your needs and wants within your environment will help empower you to be proactive. Sometimes it’s a radical thing to make practical decisions.

Now is your time to shine, Cap! Being the pragmatic workaholics of the zodiac, you’ll be one of the most impacted by the full moon’s initiative to focus on your career-related objectives. The full moon entering your sign implies supercharged energy, inviting you to focus on monetizing a new skill.

This lunation is a huge responsibility (and a bit of pressure) for Capricorn placements, as it heightens the need to check off your to-do lists and complete heavy-duty goals. It can also challenge you to be more adventurous in your professional life, rather than constantly thinking critically about it. That said, have fun with it! Finding a new skill can be scary, but you’ve always been one to rise to the occasion.

Photos: Final supermoon of 2021 is of the strawberry variety

San mateo county times 24 June, 2021 - 08:48pm

The final supermoon of 2021 lights up the night skies Thursday, and it will put on a show for stargazers.

The traditional name is the strawberry moon because June is the when the fruit is harvested in the northeastern United States, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. The strawberry moon also happens to be a supermoon, which means that the heavenly body hits its perigee in time with the phase.

There were three supermoons this year. One happened April 27 and another occurred May 26. The latter was extra special because it coincided with a lunar eclipse. That’s a rare occurrence. With June 24 being the final supermoon of 2021, viewers will have to wait almost a year to see another one.

The next supermoon will be June 14, 2022.

Here are images of the strawberry supermoon from around the world.

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