PRESS RELEASE

THE NATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AGENCY

NO: 053/SP/HM/BKPUK/VI/2022 

June to July, Three Rare Space Phenomena Appear

From June to July this year, the public will be able to witness three rare space phenomena, namely the Full Strawberry Supermoon, the New Strawberry Supermoon, and the Full Buck Supermoon.

Jakarta, 11 June 2022. From 14 June to 14 July, three rare space phenomena will occur, i.e the Full Strawberry Supermoon, the New Strawberry Supermoon, and the Full Buck Supermoon.

Researcher from the Center for Space Research of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Andi Pangerang, explained that the Full Strawberry Supermoon is a full moon that occurs in June, while the Full Buck Supermoon is a full moon that occurs in July. This definition is also used for the new moon phase.

“The name comes from The Farmer’s Almanac in the USA. June is the month for strawberry harvest, and in July young bucks start to grow their antlers. So this naming actually stems from season markers and animal behaviors during certain seasons as seen by native Americans,” said Andi.

Andi explained, the real cause of this full moon becoming special is because it coincides with the Full Supermoon or technically called Perigeal Full Moon. Meanwhile, the New Strawberry Supermoon coincides with the New Micromoon or the Apogeal New Moon.

“This time the New Micro Moon is flanked by two Super Full Moons that occur in two consecutive months. This phenomenon last occurred in 2004 and 2013. Hence, it can be said that this phenomenon occurs once every nine years. This phenomenon will occur again in 2031 and 2040,” he continued.

In more detail, Andi explained, the Full Strawberry Supermoon will occur on 14 June 2022, at 18.51 West Indonesia Time / 19.51 Central Indonesia Time / 20.51 East Indonesia Time, at a distance of 357,368 KM. Meanwhile, the New Strawberry Supermoon will occur on 29 June 2022, at 09.52 West Indonesia Time / 10.52 Central Indonesia Time / 11.52 East Indonesia Time, at a distance of 406,569 KM. Then, the Full Buck Supermoon will occur on 14 July 2022, at 01.57 West Indonesia Time / 02.57 Central Indonesia Time / 03.57 East Indonesia Time, at a distance of 357,418 KM.

Andi added that the New Strawberry Supermoon cannot be seen before sunrise, because it rises later than the sun and the moon’s surface facing the earth is not exposed to sunlight so it looks dark.

“To witness these lunar phenomena, ones simply point their eyes in the direction of where the moon rises until it sets at a predetermined time. These phenomena can be observed without the need for any optical instrument, unless you want to capture it in the form of photos or videos,” he explained.

As in the new moon phase in general, Andi said, the Full Strawberry Supermoon, the New Strawberry Supermoon, and the Full Buck Supermoon can cause higher tide than on usual days.

“The configuration of sun-earth-moon or sun-moon-earth that are in an in-line position causes higher tide. Moreover, this configuration is strengthened by the moon which is at its closest distance to the earth,” said Andi.

The highest tides will occur on 14 June and 14 July, so it is recommended for fishermen not to go out to sea in the two days before and two days after the peak of this phenomenon, which is between 12 June to 16 June, and 12 July to 16 July 2022.

“This calculation only considers the astronomical factors without seeing the sea waves caused by wind storms.” Andi continued.

Andi also reminded that the astronomical tides on 29 June 2022 also need to be considered.

“The tidal force during a New Moon is 52 percent of the tidal force during a Neap tide Supermoon. So it is important to watch out for these sea tides between two days before and two days after the peak of this phenomenon, which is between 27 June to 1 July 2022.” concluded Andi.