NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley resident Denise Abutaah shared her photo of this weekend's 'Strawberry Moon' over Manhattan. The photo was taken from Quarry Street in Nutley.
A strawberry moon surprisingly has little to do with the color of the moon, but rather it is the full moon that appears when the strawberry harvest is at its peak. Members of the Algonquin tribe are believed to be the first to make that association.
The moon can appear reddish, or even pink, at pretty much any time of the year. The red color of the strawberry moon is especially intense because the moon appears lower in the sky and light refracts differently at that angle. The red intensifies if the air is humid.