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A Super Strawberry Moon will light up the skies Tuesday morning

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Early risers in America are greeted by a sweet Super Strawberry Moon on Tuesday mornings.

The Strawberry Full Moon, sometimes known as the Mead or Honey Full Moon, will appear eight degrees above the horizon in the southwest sky at 7:52 a.m. EDT or approximately 11:52 a.m. GMT on Tuesday morning. According to a Nasa blog, Tuesday morning will also tie Monday for the earliest sunrise of 2022, with the sun rising at 5:42 a.m. EDT.

According to another Nasa blog, a supermoon occurs when the full moon coincides with the moon approaching 90% of its closest approach to Earth, or perigee.

The Moon’s orbit oscillates between 363,300 and 405,500 kilometers from Earth every 27 days, but the full Moon does not always coincide with its closest approach to Earth. The next and only other supermoon of 2022 will be the Super Buck Moon on July 13th.

A supermoon appears about 17% larger and 30% brighter than a full moon when the moon is furthest from Earth. According to Nasa, the difference isn’t always noticeable to the naked eye, but a supermoon can have real impacts on life on Earth, such as: B. to generate higher tides than usual.

The term strawberry moon comes from the Algonquin tribe of Native Americans via the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, which according to a Nasa blog about supermoons began publishing the tribe’s names for various full moons in 1930. Other names for Tuesday’s full moon include the old European term Honey or Mead Moon, Rose Moon, also of European origin, while Buddhists in Sri Lanka know it as Poson Poya.

Also visible Tuesday morning – and for much of June – will be an arc of planets arranged in order of distance from the Sun.

Just before dawn begins around 4:30 am EDT, Mercury will rise across the east-southeast sky. Arcing to the southeast, Venus will also be visible, then Mars, Jupiter, and finally Saturn. The last time such a planetary alignment was visible was in 2004.

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