Strawberry Moon

The Full Moon in June is called a “Strawberry Moon”.

On both June 16 and 17, 2019, the moon will appear full to the eye as it shines close to the king planet Jupiter all night long. The crest of the moon’s full phase comes at a specific instant, though – the instant the moon and sun are most opposite each other on our sky’s dome for this month – and that moment happens on June 17, 2019, at 08:31 UTC: translate UTC to your time. For the most of us in North America, that means the moon turns full in the wee hours before sunrise on Monday, June 17. More about that below. In North America, we call the June full moon the Strawberry Moon or Rose Moon. In the Southern Hemisphere, where the impending June winter solstice is bringing about short days and long nights, this June full moon is the Long Night Moon.

I was fortunate capture the Full Moon on Sunday the 16th of June at 2100 EST.  I used my Nikon D7100 camera with the Nikon Nikkon DX AF-S 55-300mm 4.5-5.6 GED lens and tripod to capture pictures of the Moon.

I used the following camera setting:  Shutter Speed (Exposure time) of 1/125, an Aperture setting (F number) of f/10, and an ISO set to 1/125.

 

Latitude: 35° 3′ 1.416″ N / Longitude: 77° 1′ 21.444″ W

What is unique about this month is that Jupiter and Moon are close to each other.  In the above, the craters pictured are Tycho, which is towards the bottom of the moon, and Copernicus, which is the large crater in the middle of the dark seas area.

I took a multiple exposure shoot of the Full Moon, 35 seconds apart, so you can see the arch the moon is traveling.

I also took pictures of difference stages of the Moon in the month of June leading up to the Full Moon.  I used the same camera setting as before: Shutter Speed (Exposure time) of 1/125, an Aperture setting (F number) of f/10, and an ISO set to 1/125.

First up was on the 11th of June at 20:45 EST, when the Moon was in it First Quarter at 715 of Full.

Latitude: 35° 7′ 40.866″ N / Longitude: 77° 1′ 40.104″ W

Next was on the 14th of June at 20:49 EST, when the Moon was Waxing Gibbous at 95% of Full Moon,

Latitude: 35° 3′ 0.924″ N / Longitude: 77° 1′ 21.18″ W

Next was on the 15th of June at 21:32 EST, when the Moon was at 98% of Full Moon.

 

Latitude: 35° 3′ 1.236″ N/ Longitude: 77° 1′ 21.474″ W

As I stated early, Jupiter can be seem during the moonrise.  If I had a good telescope, then I could share a picture with you, but for right now the best I can do is to use my 300mm zoom lens.  The picture was taken at 21:38 EST.  I changed my camera setting to: Shutter Speed (Exposure time) of 1/4, an Aperture setting (F number) of f/10, and an ISO set to 1/1600.

Latitude: 35° 3′ 1.236″ N/ Longitude: 77° 1′ 21.474″ W

 

 

 

 

 

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