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June’s full moon names and observing notes 2014

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This month’s full moon is most commonly known as the Strawberry Moon or Rose Moon. The first crop of strawberries is picked in June and roses are in full bloom in June. Another common name is the Honey Moon. Others include the Stockman’s Moon, Hot Moon, Mead Moon, Moon of Horses, Lovers' Moon, Strong Sun Moon and Dyad Moon. Dyad is an old world term for pair. It is believe the pair refers to the Moon and Sun being of equal in importance in June. One of the more interesting names, the Adulterous Moon, comes from Blackfoot Native American tribe. The Taos call it, “The Corn Tassel Appear Moon”.

Technically the full moon is only a moment in time. That moment occurs at 10:13mm MDT on Thursday, June 12 for Aurora, Colorado. Moonrise occurs at 8:03pm MDT. For those early morning risers, moonset occurs at 5:14am MDT on Friday morning. Sunrise will occur 16 minutes after moonset (5:30am MDT).

Wishing you clear skies

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