The full moon of June, also called the Strawberry Moon, will occur the morning of June 17 at 4:31 a.m. EDT (0831 GMT).
The moon's phases are caused by changes in the amount of illumination from the moon that is visible from the Earth's surface as the moon orbits our planet each month. There are eight distinct phases every month, four of them occurring roughly a week apart. They are: the New Moon; Waxng Crescent; First Quarter (or half-full; Waxing Gibbous; Full Moon; Waning Gibbous; Last Quarter (half-full on other side); Waning Crescent. You can read definitions for these moon phases here. When the moon is full and at its closest point to the Earth in it's orbit, it is known as a "Supermoon." Lunar eclipses occur during full moons, when the moon passes through all or part of Earth's shadow. During New Moons, the moon can cover part or all of the sun's disk, creating a solar eclipse. Learn more about the moon's phases here.
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D-Day's planners employed a solid knowledge of moon phases and tides to give the famous invasion the best chance for success 75 years ago today (June 6).
The new moon occurs today (June 3), just two days before our natural satellite makes a close pass to Mars in the evening sky.
You can watch the "Blue Moon" rise live over Rome in a broadcast from the Virtual Telescope Project. Tune in today (May 18) to see the show, starting at 1:45 p.m. EDT (1745 GMT).
The full moon of May, also called the Flower Moon, will occur on May 18, at 5:11 p.m. EDT (2111 GMT).
This year skywatchers will get to witness three supermoons in a row on Jan. 21, Feb. 19 and March 20.
The full moon of March, called the Worm Moon, will occur on Wednesday, March 20, at 9:43 p.m. EDT (0143 GMT on March 21), just under four hours after the vernal equinox.
The rule for determining when Easter Sunday takes place is simple — so why isn't Easter in March this year?
The Red Planet makes a close approach to the blood-red moon in this photo taken during the longest total lunar eclipse of the century, on July 27, 2018.
The second installment of this winter's trio of supermoons, sometimes nicknamed the Super Snow Moon, will peak tomorrow morning, so don't forget to step outside and look up tonight.
If the rays of the setting or rising sun hit the moon just right, the moon appears to turn red or ruddy-brown. This is called a blood moon.
Overnight from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2019, millions of people in North and South America can enjoy a full hour of a total lunar eclipse.
Here is a list of all the full moon names, dates and times (for the Eastern time zone) in 2019, beginning with the 'wolf' moon in January, to the 'cold' moon in December.