Did you spot the luminous celestial display in Vancouver skies over the past couple of nights?
Known as the full strawberry moon, the June moon was at its fullest on Thursday (June 24) at 11:39 a.m. in Vancouver. However, it appeared quite full later that night and the night before (June 23).
According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the June moon got its name, "from the Algonquin tribes who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries." It notes that Native peoples would give distinctive names to each reoccurring full moon to mark the change of seasons. As such, many of these names arose when Native Americans first interacted with colonialists.
June's full moon is also known as the Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and the Full Rose Moon in Europe.
Sunny clear skies afforded ideal viewing conditions for sky-watchers in the Lower Mainland. Locals have taken to social media to share snaps of the lunar behemoth glowing overhead.
The #June #FullMoon is known by many names around the world.— J Minter (@jminter) June 25, 2021
So whether you’re witnessing the #StrawberryMoon #BerriesRipenMoon #GreenCornMoon #BloomingMoon #BirthMoon #HatchingMoon #HoneyMoon #MeadMoonle #LotusMoon #OakMoon or any other name may it bring you a bountiful s… pic.twitter.com/DhrLKvkaVD
This picture doesn't do it justice, but the full moon was in her fullest glory last night lighting the drive home pic.twitter.com/3i4l3WT5U4— Sinéad Áine (@jagbsn) June 24, 2021
It's out there again now...— Richard Schabler (@richter_scale1) June 24, 2021
Full Moon on Thursday. 😉 pic.twitter.com/M1YCJwlSFD
.@KGordonGlobalBC @YvonneSchalle @KasiaBodurka @globalnews @GlobalBC @BC1 @MMadryga @chrisgailus @RLacate @sophielui @miawgordon @SUPokanagan @KGordonGlobalBC A beautiful full moon tonight pic.twitter.com/R4yr72vv6b— Peter P🇨🇦🦅 (@peterprev) June 24, 2021
Almost full moon. pic.twitter.com/7VZnveQSbc— Leonard Tang (@leonard_tang) June 24, 2021
The moon will always be my favourite thing to shoot 🌝 pic.twitter.com/6d6v1R6NKU— eliza (@elizagracieh) June 25, 2021
Vancouver moon…— Stephen Quinn (@CBCStephenQuinn) June 25, 2021
3:59 AM pic.twitter.com/sMkOG8EsJv
Last sight of the beautiful— Richard Schabler (@richter_scale1) June 25, 2021
Strawberry Moon tonight. 😉❤️ pic.twitter.com/gBoZg0lrB5