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The lowest supermoon of the year to light up the sky this week.  Here’s when you can best see it – NBC Chicago

The moon may look a bit larger than normal when the second of four consecutive super moons appears, as long as clouds don’t get in the way.

The Strawberry Super Moon, named by the Algonquin tribes for the relatively short strawberry harvest season in the northeastern United States, technically emerged as a full moon on Sunday evening and will remain through Wednesday, according to NASA. .

However, you won’t be able to see it all the time, at least in the US

While the full moon will reach its maximum illumination at 6:52 a.m. Tuesday, it won’t be visible in North American time zones until later tonight when it drifts above the horizon, according to almanac.com

The supermoon will be different from the other three in a row, as it will be the lowest of the year, reaching just 23.3 degrees above the horizon early Wednesday morning.

Supermoons usually get a lot of attention, as they are the biggest and brightest full moons of the year. Also, you cannot see a new moon except when it passes in front of the sun, so these events are long overdue.

So what makes a supermoon different from a typical full moon? By definition, it is a full moon that is at least 90% distance from the perigree, which is the point where the moon is closest to Earth.

Some may call it the Strawberry Moon, but that’s not its only name.

An ancient European name for this full moon is mead or honeymoon, according to NASA. Mead is a drink created by fermenting honey mixed with water and sometimes fruit, spices, grains or hops. In some countries, mead is also called honey wine. According to some writings, towards the end of June the honey was ready to be harvested, making it the “sweetest” moon.

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