Year's smallest full moon rises Thursday night

Moonrise

That's because it will be farther from Earth than any other full moon this year.

The Strawberry Moon (also called a "mini moon") will rise at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Friday's full moon happens to fall at the moon's apogee, which is the point in the moon's elliptical orbit where it is furthest from Earth. Therefore, depending on its position, it appears smaller or larger in different periods of the year.

The moon will be fullest during daylight Friday, which is why the best time to see it will be the early morning hours after midnight.

Clouds will be on the increase Thursday night with rain in the forecast for parts of southern New England after midnight. For many areas it will be, according to the National Weather Service's sky cover forecast. However, skygazers based in Europe and most of United States will only be able to see the nearly-full moon on evenings just after and before its peak.




The micro or minimoon occurs as the natural satellite is at apogee.

The Supermoon phenomena took place in November 2016. During such events, the moon is at perigee or its closest orbit point to our planet. On average, the moon is 240,000 miles from Earth. But not much. Compared to a supermoon (a full moon near perigee) micromoons appear to be about 14 percent smaller.

The June minimoon was bestowed the name Rose Moon by European colonists. Rather, the name derives from the time of year when strawberries ripen and are ready for harvest.

The Slooh online community observatory will host a webcast tonight (June 8) featuring live views of the "mini" full moon and discussions with night-sky experts.

According to astronomical calculations, the Moon will reach the full phase tomorrow at 4:10 pm Doha time, and pass through Apogee point at 1:21 am.

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