“Strawberry Moon” lights up the spring sky

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – It’s big, bright and a sure sign of spring. The full moon we’re enjoying this week is called the Strawberry Moon.

That’s not because of the color; that hasn’t changed. It’s because in North America, the peak harvesting season for strawberries is in June. Native American tribes often used moon cycles to keep track of seasons. Different full moons were given distinctive names to mark the passing of the year.

That name is not the only nickname for June’s full moon. In Europe the Strawberry Moon of June is sometimes called the Rose Moon, while other cultures named it the Hot Moon for the beginning of the summer heat.

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