DENVER - The full moon in June has a variety of nicknames: Honey Moon, Strawberry Moon and also the Rose Moon. This time around, it can also be called the "Rare Moon."
The full moon occurred officially Thursday at 10:11 p.m. MDT, but for the Eastern Time Zone, it is full at 12:11 a.m. EDT. In other words, early on Friday the 13th!
Having a full moon in June on Friday the 13th last happened in 1919, according to universetoday.com.
The "Strawberry" name comes from the fact that June is strawberry season, and Native American tribes knew this was the time of year to gather them, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.
The "Honey" moon name comes from two sources: First, June is a big month for weddings. Second, the higher humidity in the central and eastern United States can filter out some of the wavelengths of light, casting a bit of a honey color over the moon.
The "Rose" moon moniker is believed to come from Europe as this is the time of year that those lovely flowers generally have their first set of sweet smelling blooms.
At least for the eastern states, this is the first time since Oct. 13, 2000, that a full moon has occurred on a Friday the 13th of any month. The next time we will have a full moon on Friday the 13th will happen on Oct. 13, 2049.