The Full Strawberry Moon will shine from the giant but obscure constellation called Ophiuchus Friday evening, June 5. The moon’s position for June 4 is also shown. Stellarium
Summer is closing in now. The air is fragrant at night, the days are more humid and I really need to mow the yard as soon as possible. On Friday, June 5 the moon will be full and rise pink as an unripe strawberry. In fact June’s full moon is known as the Strawberry Moon and for good reason. This is when the strawberries ripen. While I’ve seen the flowers around I’ve yet to spot any ripe berries. But the month is young.
The moon will shine from the Ophiuchus the serpent-bearer on Friday. A small portion of this large, non-zodiac constellation pokes between Scorpius to the west and Sagittarius to the east. Constellation boundaries used to be vague but when they were standardized in 1930, Ophiuchus’s territory included a part of the ecliptic, the path followed by the sun, moon and planets in the sky. The moon spends about a night here a month.
In this mythological depiction Ophiuchus holds a wriggly snake called Serpens, a separate constellation. Ophiuchus is associated ...