Des Moines, Iowa – Some Iowans refer to the full moon in June as a “strawberry moon” because it’s often bright enough to go out at night and pick berries, but that will NOT be the case this year. While we’ve had several so-called “super moons” in the past year, astronomer David Kriegler says what we’ll see tonight is just the opposite, what’s known as a micro-moon or mini-moon.
The moon’s orbit this month is much more distant from the earth than usual, so while the moon won’t actually be any smaller, it will appear so to the trained eye.
For dedicated sky gazers, this moon may be something of a letdown compared to the spectacular full moons we’ve seen lately.
For more information on the mini-moon, log onto Space.com.