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Full Strawberry Moon comes on Friday the 13th

June's full moon, known as the Strawberry Moon, coincides with the ominous timing of Friday the 13th this year.

The moon will be full at precisely 12:11 a.m. Friday, so essentially on Thursday night, not Friday night. But it will still shine brightly on Friday, perhaps behind some storm clouds.

The "strawberry" name comes from the fact that it's strawberry season, and Algonquin tribes knew this was the time of year to gather them, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon, according to the almanac.

This month's moon is also known as a "Honey Moon" because it can have a slightly golden tint, according to EarthSky.org. That's because it appears low in the sky, meaning we are viewing it through the lens of more of the Earth's atmosphere.

The moon's path across the sky this month actually mimics the sun's low arc across the sky in December, according to EarthSky.

You can watch the full moon's journey across the sky as seen from the Canary Islands via the Slooh Space Telescope's online broadcast.

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