You don’t want to miss the last supermoon of 2021!
Make sure to look up and take a peek at the sky on Thursday as summer is welcomed in with the first full moon of the season.
To fully get into the spirit, you can order Krispy Kreme’s limited-edition Strawberry Supermoon Doughnut at participating stores.
Here’s everything you need to know about this stunning lunar event.
When is the “strawberry” moon 2021?
The “strawberry” supermoon will be completely full for a brief moment on Thursday at 2:40 p.m. EDT.
But don’t fret: The lunar spectacular will also be visible for a few days before and after, from about Wednesday morning through Saturday morning.
What is the best time to see the “strawberry” moon and where will it be visible?
The full moon won’t peek above the horizon in North America while it’s completely full, but the “strawberry” moon will be visible at moonrise, which begins at 8:53 p.m. EDT in New York.
To find your local moonrise time, look up your location on the Old Farmer’s Almanac moonrise and moonset calculator.
If you miss the stunning sight, the Virtual Telescope Project will be livestreaming the moon rising over Rome at 3 p.m. EDT.
Why is it called the “strawberry” moon?
The “strawberry” moon is the first full moon of summer.
The magical sight was named by Native Americans for the strawberry growing season in the northeastern United States and parts of eastern Canada that correlate with the timing of the full moon.
Strawberries are native to North America, but Europeans didn’t know about them until the early 1600s, so the first full moon of summer is called the “rose” moon in Europe.
Europeans named the full moon after the flower that reaches its full bloom in June.
What is a supermoon?
This Thursday’s full moon is also a supermoon, meaning that its orbit is closer than usual to Earth — known as perigee.
The term supermoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 referring to either a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of perigee, its closest approach to Earth.
According to NASA, supermoons are up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than typical full moons.
However, scientists have yet to agree on exactly how to officially classify the phenomenon, so there is some disagreement as to whether June’s moon counts as a supermoon, according to NASA’s Gordon Johnston.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac does not consider Thursday’s moon a supermoon as this moon stands at 224,662 miles away from the Earth, coming in just short of the 224,000 miles that they consider a full moon to be a supermoon.
Sadly, the “strawberry” moon’s color will not match its name.
When is the next full moon?
While this Thursday’s celestial event is the last supermoon of the year, we still have another full moon coming up.
The “buck” moon will be visible at 10:37 p.m. EDT on July 23.