A Strawberry Supermoon will make for a glorious sight in the summer sky on the evening of Tuesday June 14. 

This is the first of two such 'supermoons' in 2022, with a second so-called 'Super Buck Moon' occurring on Wednesday July 13. 

Both supermoons can be viewed without the need for any optical aid with the spectacle also making for a perfect target for astrophotographers. 

The Strawberry Supermoon is so-called because of a full moon occurring at the same time as when the Moon, in its elliptical orbit, is closer than it would normally be. 

Were the lunar orbit circular, such an occurrence would not take place. The 'strawberry' tag coincides with the ripening of the fruit crop in the fields. 

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Celtic terms for June's Moon include Horse Moon and Rose Moon, while the Anglo-Saxons called it the 'Mead Moon', because it was time for mowing the 'meads', or meadow. 

'Super Buck Moon' gained its name from the new antlers that appear on a deer buck's forehead.

This is also a time to observe the great ‘moon illusion’, which is simply a trick being played on us by our brains - the Moon appears significantly larger when just above the horizon that it does when much higher in sky. When the Moon is seen low down on the horizon, our brain introduces some proportion and scale to what we are seeing, with houses and trees for example giving ‘markers’ across the landscape toward the Moon in the distance. 

Our brain then makes the comparison and deems that the Moon is much larger than it actually is. When the Moon is much higher in the sky and positioned in the vastness of the heavens around it, our eyes now judge it to be a much smaller disc

The June Strawberry Supermoon occurs just under a week before we mark the Summer Solstice on June 21.

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