How to see the Strawberry Moon: Once-a-year phenomenon that sees the moon turn pink in Australia
- The Strawberry Moon is due to appear over Australian skies on Monday evening
- The traditional moon is believed to have been named by native American tribes
- They noticed the wild berries began to ripen at the time of the full moon in June
Australians will be able to catch a glimpse of the ancient Strawberry Moon on Monday evening.
The full moon is due to illuminate the sky at dusk across the country, with most cities expected to experience the celestial event between 6 and 6.30pm.
Permitting clear evening weather, Sydneysiders should be able to catch a glimpse of the full moon at about 6.30pm, according to timeanddate.com.
This is the same for Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra while Darwin, Adelaide and Hobart should keep a lookout at 6pm.
The full moon was named after the sweet fruit because native American tribes noticed the wild berries began to ripen in June. The moon is unlikely to be coloured in Australia (stock image)
Residents in Perth may struggle to see the phenomenon due to timezones, as timeanddate.com says the best viewing time on the west coast is at 4.30pm.
The name is thought to derive from native American tribes who noticed wild strawberries ripened in June and were ready for harvest.
The traditional name has carried through to 2019, to describe the timeliness of the full moon.
The name is not an indication of colour but stargazers could welcome a light hue over the full moon, when the sun falls on Monday evening.
A red or pink moon is more likely to appear in Europe’s high latitudes at this time of the year.
About once every 20 years the Strawberry moon falls the same time as the summer solstice – on June 20, 21, or 22.
The moon is also referred to as Honey Moon, Mead Moon or the Full Rose Moon in Europe. While countries in the Southern Hemisphere may know it as Oak Moon, Cold Moon or Long Night Moon.
While the peak times at dusk are recommended in Australia, it doesn’t mean the sight won’t be worth viewing later on in the evening.
The moon is also referred to as Honey Moon, Mead Moon or the Full Rose Moon in Europe. While countries in the Southern Hemisphere may know it as Oak Moon, Cold Moon or Long Night Moon