The term supermoon was coined in 1979 and is used today to describe what astronomers would call a perigee full moonthat is, a full moon that occurs near or at the time when the Moon is at its closest point in its orbit around the Earth.
A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full. Therefore, it is slightly brighter and larger than a normal full moon, according to the US space agency (NASA).
In the month of Junealthough still in springthe first supermoon of the year will occur, the so-called strawberry supermoon.
The name is not due to the color, but has its origin in the American natives Algonquians from Canada, who began the strawberry harvest with the arrival of this moon. In Europe, it is also known as the pink moon, associated with the harvest of roses, and also the hot moon, due to the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere.
This year the event will be enjoyed on June 14. The 100% full phase of the satellite will occur at 1:52 p.m. on June 14, but the supermoon can be seen for a few hours on the same day. To see it, just look to the east as the sun sets in the west.
A month later, already in summer, on July 13, the stag supermoon. This is so called because farmers discovered that at that time of year the antlers of male deer are in full growth. The last of the year will be on August 12. It is known as sturgeon supermoon because it is the best time of the year to fish them.