It’s good news for astronomy enthusiasts as this Tuesday a Super Strawberry Moon will grace the skies of NYC. Though it reached its peak early this morning (7:51 a.m. EDT), according to the Almanac, it won’t be visible in North American time zones until later tonight. So, there’s a good chance New Yorkers can still catch a sight of the sweet lunar spectacle this evening, so long as skies stay clear.
Fingers crossed there are few clouds because the second supermoon of 2022 titled the Super Strawberry Moon will appear much larger than usual and have an orange-pink tinge.
Photographers have your cameras at the ready but don’t worry if you miss tonight’s viewing because according to the Almanac, the moon will appear full through Wednesday morning.
A supermoon appears when the moon is full and orbits close to the Earth at the same time and although you can see a full moon every month, the supermoon appears much larger than usual. There are generally only a couple or so supermoons a year so it’s really an incredible sight.
However, this supermoon is even more exciting since it’s a Strawberry Moon. The unique name comes from Native American Algonquin tribes marking the ripe season of “‘June-bearing’ strawberries,” shared the Almanac, and has surprisingly nothing to do with the resemblance in color of the reddish-pink moon and strawberries.
You can also stream the event below regardless of the weather for a clear view of the phenomenon.
The next supermoon of the summer won’t be until July 13th so stay tuned for more celestial events!