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06/14/2022 – Ephemeris – All about tonight’s full moon

June 14, 2022 Comments off

This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 9:29, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:56. The Moon, at full today, will rise at 10:22 this evening.

The actual instant that the Moon was full, that is opposite the Sun in the sky, is 7:52 this morning. That’s why the Moon will rise nearly an hour after the Sun sets tonight. It’s also a supermoon, though I dare anyone to be able to tell it apart from any other rising full Moon, since there is nothing to compare its size too. Both the Sun and Moon appear larger than normal when seen on the horizon. The Moon’s perigee or closest point in its orbit of the Earth occurs at 7:52 this evening. This month’s full Moon is also called the Strawberry Moon by Native Americans, because this is the month that strawberries ripen. Also, the term honeymoon comes from the fact that many weddings are in June, when the full moon is low in the sky in the south and has a yellowish or honey color due to haze and atmospheric preferential scattering of blue light.

The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EDT, UT – 4 hours). They may be different for your location.


Mini Moon and Super Moon

Mini Moon (Moon at apogee) and Super Moon (moon at perigee) for 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

The distance of the Moon at perigee this month, at 7:21 pm June 14th is 357,400 kilometers, or 222,100 miles. The Moon reaches apogee twice this month: On the 1st at 406,200 kilometers, or 252,400 miles, and again on the 29th at 406,600 kilometers or 252,600 miles. The reason for the differences in aphelion distances, which also occur with perigee distances, is the additional gravitational influences of the Sun, Jupiter and Venus, plus all the other planets to a lesser degree.