Friday, June 13, 2014

Full Honey Moon On Friday the 13th

COCOA BEACH, Florida -- There will be a Full Moon on Friday, June 13, 2014 beginning with a moonrise over the Atlantic at 8:57 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location). 

The Full Moon will technically be 99.9% full at 12:12 p.m. before it sets the following Thursday morning at 7:59 a.m.   

In Native American folklore, a Full Moon in June is called a Strawberry Moon because the short season for harvesting strawberries comes during the month of June. Other names for the first full Moon is June are Rose Moon and Flower Moon.   

This Full Moon is also known as a Honey Moon because it is the last full moon before the Summer Solstice.   A Honey Moon hangs lowest in the horizon which causes its light to pass through more of the Earth's atmosphere.  The atmosphere slightly bends the light, making the Moon appear even larger than normal Full Moons.

According to the National Weather Service, a full moon on the 13th during any month is somewhat rare, and will only occur 15 times in between the years of 1990-2030. The last full moon to fall on June 13th occurred back in 1919. The next time this occurs will be June 13th, 2098.  

For those planning a moonlit stroll along the beach on the U.S. East Coast, this Full Moon brings along with it an Atlantic Ocean very low tide that will occur around 8:08 p.m., with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location.

Image Credit: NASA