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Full strawberry moon to look 'bigger than ever' in Metro Vancouver skies

June's full moon is also known as the Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and the Full Rose Moon.
The Vancouver weather forecast includes clear skies ideal for observing the strawberry full moon on June 21, 2024. Photo: Strawberry Moon / Getty Images

June's full moon should appear "bigger than ever" thanks to its position on the horizon. 

The June moon, known commonly as the strawberry full moon, takes place on Friday, June 21 or the summer solstice. Since the sun will be at its highest point in the sky, the moon will appear at its lowest point.

The Old Farmer's Almanac says the full moon is one of the lowest in years and will appear "bigger than ever" due to its position in the sky. This phenomenon is called a "moon illusion" where the moon "rises while still touching the horizon" and appears much larger than other objects such as buildings and trees.

The moon will be at its fullest in Vancouver on Friday, June 21 at 6:07 a.m., according to 

Vancouver weather forecast includes clear skies 

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the June moon got its name "from the Algonquin tribes who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries." It notes Indigenous peoples would give distinctive names to each reoccurring full moon to mark the change of seasons. 

June's full moon is also known as the Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and the Full Rose Moon in Europe.

V.I.A.'s Downtown Centre Weatherhood station shows dry conditions and mainly clear skies throughout the week, meaning conditions should be ideal for viewing the lunar display.

Stay up-to-date with hyperlocal forecasts across 50 neighbourhoods in the Lower Mainland with V.I.A.'s Weatherhood.