June full moon marks berry picking season

A Strawberry Moon rises over the Willamette Valley as seen from Skinner Butte in Eugene, Oregon in 2016.

There is a full moon set to appear this Thursday, June 24, according to NASA's Sky Events Calendar. But it's no ordinary full moon – it's a strawberry moon. 

While the full moon will reach peak illumination at 2:40 p.m., said that it won't be visible until the moon rises in Cincinnati at 7:04 p.m. in the southeast. 

No, the moon won't turn red or pink, as the Strawberry Moon nickname may suggest. But it will mark the time of year when berries, like strawberries, are ripest for the picking in the northeastern U.S.

The Old Farmer's Almanac  label goes back to the Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota and Lakota tribes, who tracked time using the lunar calendar. Other names for June's full moon include Blooming Moon, Green Corn Moon, Birth Moon, Hatching Moon and Honey Moon, which all share a theme of new, growing life, from blooming flowers to the beginnings of marriages. 

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