Full Moon in June 2021: Strawberry Moon or Cold Moon?

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Whether the full moon in June 2021 is a Strawberry Moon or a Cold Moon is not rocket science to solve. I mean, it’s just simple physics.

The sixth full moon of 2021 in the northern hemisphere is called the Strawberry Moon. The June full moon that we know as the strawberry moon will occur on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 18:40 at Universal Time Coordinated (UTC).

On the contrary, for the people living in the southern hemisphere: let’s say for Australian or South African people, they call the full moon in the month of June the Cold Moon.

Wanna know why different full moon names in the different hemispheres and many more interesting facts about the full moon in June 2021? I would recommend you to keep reading! Let’s dive right in!!!

Why Different Full Moon Names in Different Hemisphere?

Just because there is an approx 6 months of seasonal difference between the northern and southern hemispheres, people living above and below the equator use different full moon names.

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When there is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, there is the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. Pic credit: Wikimedia Commons

Obviously, now you would be thinking that what could be the reason behind the seasonal difference between the two hemispheres?

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Just because the earth has an axial tilt of 23.4 degrees, there is a seasonal mismatch between the southern and the northern hemisphere. See the above image for proper understanding.

However, If you wanna know more about the earth’s tilt and how it affects the seasons on the earth, you can check this article. I can bet you will love this piece of article.

Different Full Moon Names for Northern Hemisphere

For millennia, ancient humans have used different seasons as a guide to track the different full moon phases. Or, you can say for millennia, humans have used the full moon phases to track the changing season. However, seasons are not the only possible way to define different full moon names.

I mean the names given to the various full moon phases are based upon a couple of different sources. Out of all, the most famous and widely acknowledged full moon names came from the tribes of native American culture.

As per the legends, in order to keep track of changing seasons, the Algonquin tribal people used to follow the lunar calendar rather than following the solar calendar.

These full moon names were later adopted by Colonial Americans and European settlers. And, with time, these names were finally integrated with the modern (Georgian calendar) calendar.

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Full Moon in June 2021 – Strawberry Moon in Northern Hemisphere

In the northern hemisphere or so-called western world, the full moon in June is known as the Strawberry Moon. WHY? Because it signals or simply indicates the ripening of fruits (let’s say Strawberry).

That’s why the full moon in this month also goes by the name of Fruit Moon. In fact, this month’s full moon will also be the first full moon after the occurrence of the June Solstice in the northern hemisphere.

In other words, not only this full strawberry moon indicates the ripening of the fruits, but also marks the official beginning of the summer heat in the earth’s northern areas. The June Solstice i.e the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere will occur on Monday, 21 June 2021.

Other Cultural Full Moon Names for June 2021 in Northern Hemisphere

Well, if you go somewhere away from your native place, you will see that local indigenous people have their own indigenous full moon names. For example:

  • In Indian Culture, the full moon in June is known as Jyeshtha Purnima. Not to mention, the full moon in Hindi is known as Purnima.
  • English Medival people call it a Dyan moon.
  • Chinese people call the full moon in June a Lotus Moon.
  • Dakotah people call it the Moon When June Berries Are Ripe.
  • Cherokee tribe people call it the Green Corn Moon.
  • Colonial American People call it the Rose Moon.
  • Choctaw tribe people call it the Windy Moon, etc.

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Different Full Moon Names for Southern Hemisphere

You would be baffled to know that the full moon names used in the southern hemisphere are the same as the northern hemisphere, just the seasonal difference. Wanna know why???

Well, because the (most of) people living in the southern hemisphere (let’s say Australia, or New Zealand) are none other than the European settlers.

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In other words, you can say that European settlers, at first, integrated the native American full moon names into their modern Georgian calendar. And, later, many of these full moon names went with them to new places around the world.

Full Moon in June 2021 – Cold Moon in Southern Hemisphere

In the southern hemisphere, the full moon in June is known as the Cold Moon or Full Cold Moon. WHY? Because this is the time when the winter season begins in the earth’s southern areas. I mean that’s why the full moon in this month also goes by the name of Long Night Moon.

Additionally, it will also be the first full moon after the occurrence of the June solstice in the southern hemisphere. The June solstice i.e the first day of winter in the southern hemisphere will occur on Monday, June 21, at sharp 13:32 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Other Cultural Full Moon Names for June 2021 in Southern Hemisphere

Well, if you go somewhere away from your native place, you will see that local indigenous people have their own indigenous full moon names. Sadly, that is not the case with the people living in the southern hemisphere.

Not to mention, for several days, I have been trying to get some detail regarding the full moon naming criteria for the Earth’s southern areas. But, I did not find any single piece of work related to that.

However, I did find one resource where it has been mentioned that the native people of the southern hemisphere (Māori People of New Zealand) didn’t assign a name to only the Full Moon phase of each month. Every night of the Moon had a name.

Therefore, as a result of these elaborated naming conditions, many in the Southern Hemisphere rely on the European-inspired Full Moon Names.

When is the Next Full Moon in June 2021?

The next full moon in the northern hemisphere will occur on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 18:40 at Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). It will be known as the full strawberry moon. Okay, for the northerners, it will be Strawberry Moon. But, for the southerner, it will be a Cold Moon.

Therefore, for southerners, the next full moon in June will occur on Friday, June 25, 2021, at 4:40 at Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Not to mention, on this day, the moon will be in Capricorn. At last, I wish you good luck with this epic moon gazing. And, do let me know about your amazing experience in the comment section.

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I am a mechanical engineer by profession. Just because of my love for fundamental physics, I switched my career, and therefore I did my postgraduate degree in physics. Right now I am a loner (as ever) and a Physics blogger too. My sole future goal is to do a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, especially in the field of cosmology. Because in my view, every aspect of physics comes within the range of cosmology. And I love traveling, especially the Sole one.

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