‘Strawberry’ supermoon to adorn night sky Wednesday through Friday


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What is a 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. USA TODAYHow to watch the last – and most adorably named – supermoon of 2021. It's the strawberry moon.

What is a Strawberry Moon 2021?

The first full moon of summer 2021, also known as the Strawberry Moon, rises tonight (June 24), marking the last supermoon of the year. June's full moon arrives Thursday (June 24) at 2:40 p.m. EDT (1940 GMT). Space.comThe full Strawberry Moon, the last supermoon of 2021, rises tonight! Here’s what to expect

When was the last strawberry moon?

Our planet's natural satellite – better known as the Moon – will appear opposite the Sun and fully illuminated on June 24, 2021, at 18:40 UTC, which is 1:40 p.m. CDT (UTC-5). nasa.govSee the Strawberry Moon – 2021's Last Supermoon! – Watch the Skies

When will the strawberry moon appear?

This month's full moon, known as the “Strawberry” moon, will rise on the evening of June 24, according to astronomers. It will be the last in a string of four consecutive “Supermoons,” and the next one won't come around until May 16, 2022. NBC ChicagoThis Week's ‘Strawberry Moon' Will be Final ‘Supermoon' of 2021

The June “Strawberry Moon” is marginally considered a supermoon, according to NASA, the last in a series.

The Strawberry supermoon comes on the heels of the May 26 “Flower Moon” and April 26 “Pink Moon,” which were also deemed supermoons. Of the supermoon trio, the Flower Moon made the closest pass to the Earth, according to EarthSky. The Strawberry Moon ranks as the third-closest full moon.

Some say March’s “Worm Moon,” 2021′s fourth-closest full moon, was also a supermoon. Criteria for what makes a supermoon vary.

The June full moon was given the strawberry moniker because it occurs when the fruit typically ripens in the northeastern United States. NASA notes that the moon is also sometimes referred to as the “Rose Moon,” “Mead Moon” and “Honey Moon.”

Clear skies over the majority of the Lower 48 states will promote outstanding moon-viewing conditions Wednesday night.

Aside from Florida, much of the eastern United States will be cloud-free. Clouds will be a bit more numerous in the West, especially in the Rocky Mountains, but much of California, Oregon and Washington should have favorable skygazing conditions, except right along the coast. Clouds may obscure viewing some in parts of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest due to scattered thunderstorms along a cold front.

In Washington, Chicago and San Francisco, the moon will rise at 7:48 p.m., 7:43 p.m. and 7:55 p.m. local time, respectively, on Wednesday.

If you miss the full moon Wednesday night, it will also appear close to full Thursday night. Weather conditions are again predicted to be mostly clear along the East Coast, although clouds may cover much of the Upper Midwest and Plains.

On Thursday, the moon will rise at 8:59 p.m., 8:54 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. local time in Washington, Chicago and San Francisco, respectively. In Washington, it will reach its highest point at 1:39 a.m. Friday, just 24.6 degrees above the southern horizon. According to NASA, this is the lowest full moon of the year.

“On the summer solstice, the sun appears highest in the sky for the year,” NASA explains. “Full moons are opposite the sun, so a full moon near the summer solstice will be low in the sky.”

Friday offers one more chance to see the moon close to full, rising at 10 p.m., 9:55 p.m. and 10:05 p.m. in Washington, Chicago and San Francisco, respectively. Cloud cover will be more pervasive in the eastern United States, but clear skies should prevail in the western states.

While the moon will be almost fully illuminated Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, it will be only 100 percent illuminated or technically full at 2:40 p.m. eastern Thursday, when it won’t be visible.

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Last supermoon of 2021 is this week

NBC News 24 June, 2021 - 09:54am

June's full moon will light up the sky Thursday, marking the last supermoon of the year and capping off a series of recent skywatching events that included a lunar eclipse and a "ring of fire" solar eclipse.

Though it's known as the strawberry moon, the full moon won't actually appear red or pink. Rather, the moniker comes from Algonquin tribes in the northeastern United States to describe the season for harvesting strawberries.

Thursday's full moon will be at peak illumination at 2:40 p.m. ET, but the lunar spectacle won't be visible for several hours, until the moon rises over the horizon in the eastern skies. The moon will subsequently appear full through early Saturday, according to NASA.

The Farmers' Almanac can be used to calculate the precise timing of the moon's rise in a specific area.

This week's event is also a supermoon, which occurs when a full moon is at its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit, making the celestial body appear slightly larger and brighter than other full moons.

The definition of a supermoon can vary, though, depending on the threshold used to determine if a full moon is close enough to Earth to qualify. Since June's full moon is farther from Earth than the previous three supermoons, it is considered only a "marginal" supermoon, according to NASA.

The upcoming full moon is also the last supermoon of the year. The next supermoon will occur June 14, 2022.

In addition to being dubbed the strawberry moon, this week's lunar event has a number of different nicknames. In European folklore, June's full moon is sometimes known as the honey moon or the mead moon, to signify the time of year when honey is typically harvested, according to NASA. Elsewhere in Europe, this month's full moon is known as the rose moon, because it coincides with when roses are in bloom.

Krispy Kreme offers 1-day treat to enjoy during ‘Strawberry’ supermoon

WSPA 7News 24 June, 2021 - 09:54am

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – You can see the final supermoon of 2021 while indulging in a limited-time treat from Krispy Kreme.

The Strawberry Moon, which rises during the strawberry-picking season, will reach peak visibility on Thursday. That’s also the only day you can grab Krispy Kreme’s Strawberry Supermoon Doughnut.

“What better way to celebrate the Strawberry Supermoon than by enjoying it with a new Krispy Kreme doughnut that looks like, well, a Strawberry Supermoon?” Dave Skena, chief marketing officer for Krispy Kreme, said in a statement.

The doughnut is filled with strawberry cream, dipped in strawberry icing, and topped with graham cracker “moon dust,” Krispy Kreme said.

If you plan to go moon-gazing with some company, you can also pre-order a dozen, with six of the limited-edition Strawberry Moon doughnuts boxed with six original glazed doughnuts. (Or you can have it all to yourself, no judgment).

The supermoon peaks on Thursday, but it will be shining bright and round on Wednesday and Friday nights as well.

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"Something we can't do without": a game designer considers the moon

Eurogamer.net 24 June, 2021 - 06:00am

Final Fantasy 14's Naoki Yoshida on our favourite satellite.

For a country commonly associated with the rising sun, I personally find it fascinating how significant the moon is in Japanese culture - and how often it makes it into Japanese games as a result. In the wider culture, one of the most popular Japanese mythical figures is Lady Kaguya from The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, a story about a princess who hails from the moon. There is also a Shinto moon deity called Tsukuyomi. As a child you may have heard stories about the moon being made of cheese, but in Japanese folklore, rabbits live on the moon!

You don't have to go far back to find a Japanese video game that finds a role for the moon. From Blooborne's moon to the Blood Moon that shows up in Breath of the Wild and respawns all the monsters in Hyrule, games have given you many reasons to keep an eye on our most famous satellite. Hyrule's Blood Moon is the moon's second starring role in the Zelda series, as it happens, following on from the learning moon of Majora's Mask that seems set to bring about certain doom for the people of Termina.

It'd be a disservice to write about the moon's influence in games without mentioning cult anti-RPG Moon, ported to Switch last year courtesy of the original game designer Yoshiro Kimura's Onion Games. At first, Moon simply refers to the traditional JRPG that your protagonist is playing until he is suddenly sucked into its world to find that there's a 'hero' going around killing the inhabitants. It's only in the second half of the game that you realise there is also a physical moon at play, which you're tasked with building a rocket to travel to. Once you arrive, it transpires that the souls of the murdered monsters you've been saving have actually been transported to its surface as a place of refuge.

Incidentally, in subverting the usual system of levelling up, as you rescue these monster souls and also help the locals, you don't gain XP but rather Love. That's interesting because the moon has very close associations with love in Japanese too, and not just because of the romantic atmosphere of a moonlit night. This is because the word for moon 'Tsuki' sounds very similar to saying love 'Suki'. While the exact expression for 'I love you' is 'Aishiteru', it's far too serious for Japanese people, who opt for 'Suki', even if non-Japanese people might consider this a downgrade. In fact, Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki came up with an indirect but more romantic way of conveying the same feelings by saying "The moon is beautiful".

But if there's one series where the moon consistently has a great significance, it's surely Final Fantasy. Come November, all signs suggest that it will be the setting for the epic climactic finish of Final Fantasy 14 with its Endwalker expansion. Because of this, producer and director Naoki Yoshida was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to let me pick his brain on all things moon-related.

Prior to the Endwalker expansion, the moon's high point in the series is most probably Final Fantasy 4, as our heroes travel to the red moon in the game's final act, where we learn that Cecil is actually a descendant of the advanced race of Lunarians. Unsurprisingly, fans have wondered if there are any links between the moons of Final Fantasy 4 and Final Fantasy 14's. "No, there aren't any overt links," Yoshida tells me. "For any homage to previous Final Fantasy titles that we incorporate, the setting is always unique to FF14. Some parts may look and feel similar to previous games, but the story is grounded in a different reality and we're merely borrowing such elements."

Of course, even before Endwalker, the moon has already cropped up multiple times in Final Fantasy 14. Take Dalamud, the smaller of the two moons orbiting the world of Hydaelyn, which also served as a prison for dreaded Elder Primal Bahamut. In the 1.0 version of the game, this moon changed colour to red, gradually expanding in the sky - it was actually descending - before unleashing Bahamut who would scorch the land of Eorzea, bringing about the apocalyptic events that lead to A Realm Reborn.

Given that Dalamud's role in the destruction of Eorzea, the way the Warrior of Darkness was first introduced as part of the villainous Ascians' schemes in Heavensward's epilogue, and the fact that Stormblood also saw players fighting a Primal called Tsukuyomi (named after the Japanese Shinto moon deity, but also taking design inspirations from Lady Kaguya and rabbits), you'd be forgiven for thinking that the moon has primarily sinister connotations for the Final Fantasy team.

"Why no, I don't think there's anything sinister at all," Yoshida laughs. "Rather, the image of [the moon] being mystical, mysterious and somewhat attractive is stronger for me. In particular, I placed a greater focus on the moon as a place of mystery due to what happened with Dalamud when I was taking charge of FF14. I thought about just what would actually exist there on the Moon of FF14 and about what surprises should await us."

To focus on death would also be missing the point that the moon has different phases and therefore multiple interpretations. One of these interpretations is rebirth, a theme that Yoshida is more than familiar with, after helping to resurrect FF14 from complete disaster back in 2010. Equally, Endwalker has also been described as a 'new dawn' for the game, even as it's set to conclude the decade-long saga of Zodiark and Hydaelyn. "I had already decided that at some point we would be visiting the moon as part of FF14's story," he tells me. "And, that turns out to be the tale presented in our latest expansion pack Endwalker. Please be sure to look forward to our interpretation of the moon."

I think ultimately, even when games can take us to whole other universes like the infinite planets in No Man's Sky or all the planetoids traversed in Super Mario Galaxy, we're still most drawn to the moon, perhaps because despite its distance, it is nonetheless closely connected to us.

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"Without a doubt, the proximity of the moon is one factor behind my fascination," agrees Yoshida. "But what I feel is more relevant is the fact that all living things on Earth have been influenced by the moon in some shape or form with regards to our existence. When we look up at the night sky, the moon exhibits unparalleled beauty and its gravitational pull affects the oceans that sustain life on our planet. As such, the moon is something we can't do without and in its absence perhaps mankind would not exist quite as we know today."

Just as with the moon landings all those years ago when NASA captured an image of Earth from its surface - a sight and sensation recreated in Mass Effect as well as Super Mario Odyssey - it's that awe of looking back at our own small blue planet that puts everything into perspective.

Alan is a freelance writer and critic with an unabashed love of Japanese games and RPGs, despite having less time for them. He will also find any excuse to get all blue skies about Sega.

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