Learn about the Full Moon in June 2019—which shines for Father’s Day this year—and also features a Jupiter-Moon conjunction! Find out more about the Full Strawberry Moon and why it’s special.
FULL MOON FOR FATHER’S DAY
The Moon will look full on Sunday, June 16 and Monday, June 17 in North America since it crests in the wee hours of the 17th.
Sunday, June 16 also happens to be Father’s Day. The Moon will rise in the evening shortly after sunset and be visible until just after sunrise on the 17th.
Grab some chairs and watch the sunset and the full Moon rise for a magical night!
FULL MOON AND JUPITER CONJUNCTION
Here’s another treat for Father’s Day. On Sunday, June 16, bright Jupiter and the Moon meet!
Look for the Moon and king planet Jupiter to light up skies all night long—from dusk until dawn!
WHAT IS THE FULL STRAWBERRY MOON?
The June Full Moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon. This Full Moon got its name from the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries. It has also been known as the Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and the Full Rose Moon in Europe.
WHERE DID FULL MOON NAMES COME FROM?
Naming the full Moons is an age-old practice, nothing new. Ancient peoples commonly tracked the seasons by following the lunar calendar (versus today’s Gregorian calendar, which is a solar calendar).
For millennia, people across the world—including Native Americans—named the months after nature’s cues. Later, Colonial Americans adopted many of the Native American names and incorporated them into the modern calendar, as you will see in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, founded in 1792 during George Washington’s presidency.
MOON PHASES FOR JUNE 2019
All dates and times below are ET.
|New Moon: June 3, 6:02 A.M.|
|First Quarter: June 10, 1:59 A.M.|
|Full Moon: June 17, 4:31 A.M.|
|Last Quarter: June 25, 5:46 A.M.|
BEST DAYS IN JUNE 2019
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in June.
|Cutting Hay||25, 26|
|Getting Married||11, 12|
|Setting Eggs||11, 12, 19, 20|
MOON FACTS & FOLKLORE
- A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry.
- Days following both the New and Full Moons are most likely to be rainy or stormy.
- Crabbing, shrimping, and clamming are best when the Moon is full.