The full moon on June 9 will appear as the smallest full moon of 2017, because it will occur when the moon is the farthest full moon from Earth. It’s been called the micro-moon and the mini-moon.
This month’s full moon comes less than a day after reaching lunar apogee, the moon’s farthest point in its monthly orbit around Earth.
At full moon, at 9:10 a.m. June 9, the moon will be about 30,000 miles farther from Earth than it is at its perigee, which is the nearest point to Earth in the moon’s orbit. The exact moment of apogee will be 6:22 p.m. June 8, nearly 15 hours before official full moon.
However, the moon on the night of June 9 will be nearly as full, allowing for viewing of the mini-moon if weather conditions are favorable.
A mini-moon looks about 14 percent smaller than a supermoon. It is slightly dimmer than a regular full moon.
Regardless of its apparent size, the full moon of June was known as the full strawberry moon for ripening strawberries ready for harvest and the full rose moon for the bloom on the wild roses by Native Americans.
In each of the next seven months, the full moon will appear larger in the sky as the orbital path brings it closer to Earth. It will hit perigee on Jan. 2, 2018, when the next supermoon will occur.
The moon’s average distance from Earth is about 240,000 miles. At perigee, it’s about 220,000; at apogee, about 250,000 miles.