Watch the sky: Here's when to view this year's Strawberry Moon


June's full moon is called the Strawberry Moon because it coincides with the time when wild strawberries traditionally ripen.

The Strawberry Moon got its name from the Native American Algonquin tribes in North America.

Europeans have called the moon the full "rose moon", because of its occasional reddish or rose color when its in the sky.

There are 13 full moons in 2019 and the next will occur on Tuesday, July 16.

The best time to view the Strawberry Moon will vary depending on the time zone.

Budding astronomers would've been able to see the moon at its fullest at 4:30 a.m. ET this morning. For those in the Pacific time zone in the West Coast, the peak will happen at 1:30 a.m.

A red or pink moon is more likely to appear in Europe's high latitudes at this time of the year.

Weather permitting, Kiwis are set to see the sweetest full moon of the year. "As it appears on the southeastern horizon around sunset, it will be a delicate shade of orange, which eventually becomes a brighter yellow, brightening still as it rises above the horizon", according to Forbes.

We've had Wolf Moons, Snow Moons, and even a Pink Moon, all of which are traditional Native American nicknames for each month's full moon.

Before you get too excited, let me tell you that the moon isn't going to look like a strawberry.

The annual event sees the Moon take on the red colour because it is shining through more atmosphere than other times of the year, due to its orbit being in a similar position to Earth's orbit around the sun. This is when the Moon hides in the Earth's shadow.

The sweetest moon of the year is finally ripe for viewing.

The moon won't be the only celestial treat on Sunday night: the planet Jupiter will "form a handsome lineup in the sky" with the moon and Saturn.