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Most people think the moon is made of cheese, but in June it’s actually made of… strawberries? This June join Slooh as we explore the origins of the Strawberry Moon and take in the smallest moon of the year, as the Earth and Moon move to their furthest points from each other.

Every June the Mini Strawberry Moon rises in the night sky- no it’s not actually made of strawberries, as with other Full Moons we’ve explored this year, the Strawberry moniker refers to the Algonquin tribes reference of the Full Moon as a signal to gather ripening strawberries.

According to our friends at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, many Full Moon names originated with different Native American tribes, who used the Moon to mark the seasons.

The early Native Americans did not record time by using the months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Many tribes kept track of time by observing the seasons and lunar months, although there was much variability. For some tribes, the year contained 4 seasons and started at a certain season, such as a spring or fall. Others counted 5 seasons to a year. Some tribes defined a year as 12 Moons, while other assigned it 13. Certain tribes that used the lunar calendar added an extra Moon every few years, to keep it in sync with the seasons.

Each tribe that did name the full Moons (and/or lunar months) had its own naming preferences. Some would use 12 names for the year while others might use 5, 6, or 7; also, certain names might change the next year. A full Moon name used by one tribe might differ from one used by another tribe for the same time period, or be the same name but represent a different time period. The name itself was often a description relating to a particular activity/event that usually occurred during that time in their
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Join us on June 8th as we take a look through our live telescopes at the Mini Strawberry Moon.