Full 'strawberry' moon appears over Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A full "strawberry" moon was visible Tuesday night and Wednesday morning throughout much of Louisiana.

In the United States, June's full moon is often referred to as a "strawberry moon." The term comes from the early Algonquin tribes in North America. Native American tribes used moon cycles to keep track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each recurring full moon.

June's full moon earned its name because its position in the sky served as a signal to gather ripening fruit, according to the Farmer's Almanac. In North American, the peak harvesting season for strawberries is in June. The color of the moon also occasionally has a red hue.

June's full moon has also been dubbed a honey moon due to its pinkish or amber color.

In Europe, it is often referred to as a "rose moon," while other cultures name it the "hot moon" as it marks the beginning of summer heat.

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