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The Strawberry Supermoon shot over Manhattan
What Is A Strawberry Supermoon?
History - Science
A supermoon happens when the moon gets as close to Earth as it can get, making itself appear about 30% brighter and 17% larger than normal. If a supermoon coincides with the full moon in June, also called a strawberry moon, then we get (unsurprisingly) a strawberry supermoon.
Strawberry supermoons often look pinkish or red due to atmospheric conditions and the fact that the Earth itself is blocking the sunlight which typically lights up a full moon. As such, they are also called “blood moons” or “rose moons,” though the distinctly North American “strawberry supermoon” is just a sweet, tasty coincidence.
The term strawberry moon is said to date back to the Native American Algonquin tribes that populate the northeastern U.S. and Canada. When the strawberry moon was seen on the horizon, it was a signal to the Algonquin people that strawberries were ripe and ready to harvest.