A dazzling full strawberry moon is set to illuminate Vancouver skies

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Spring is in full bloom and Metro Vancouver residents will get the chance to view a magnificent full strawberry moon to celebrate the season.

The June full moon is also commonly known as the full strawberry moon, and will be at its fullest on June 17.

According to the Old Farmer’s Alamanac, the June moon got its name, “from the Algonquin tribes who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries.”

They note that Native peoples would give distinctive names to each reoccurring full moon to mark the change of seasons. As such, many of these names arose when Native Americans first interacted with colonialists.

June’s full moon is also known as the Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and the Full Rose Moon in Europe.

Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies. While this works best in more remote places, anywhere that has a higher elevation will also provide more ideal viewing conditions.