Strawberry Moon set to light up skies over Scotland

Moon gets its name from the fact it appears in June every year, the same month as the summer solstice.

A Strawberry Moon rises over Cornwall in 2018. Getty
A Strawberry Moon rises over Cornwall in 2018.

Scots will be able to see a Strawberry Moon later this week, a spectacular lunar event that will light up the night sky.

Nasa says the moon will appear full for about three days, from early Thursday morning into early Sunday morning.

It will appear in Scotland on Friday, June 5 at 8.12pm.

The moon gets its name from the fact it appears in June every year, the same month as the summer solstice.

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Nasa says when the sun appears highest in the sky near the summer solstice, the full moon opposite the sun generally appears lowest in the sky.

For Europe’s higher latitudes, the full moon nearest the summer solstice shines through more atmosphere than at other times of the year, making it more likely to have a reddish colour

A full moon occurs every 29.5 days and is when Earth is directly aligned between the sun and the moon – which is completely illuminated by the sun’s rays.

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