Get ready to look up. And no, this isn’t a preachy Leonardo DiCaprio /Jennifer Lawrence film.
June’s so-called strawberry moon (named that because this month is when strawberries are harvested in northeastern North America) is going to be a supermoon. That means it’s the time the moon and earth are the shortest distance from each other and the moon will appear 7% bigger.
Now that 7% may sound insignificant. It’s not. The full supermoon is going to look huge. Bigly huge, enormous, and everybody will be talking about it, I’ll tell you this. (To put it in terms of our 45th president).
Not only is this supermoon on Tuesday going to be amazing, but according to experts, there’s going to be what they are calling a “parade of planets” visible by the naked eye that will get even easier to see as the days go on.
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are lined up close together in the sky this month and on June 24 will be the easiest to see. That rare planetary alignment hasn’t happened since December of 2004 when it last allowed us to view it with the naked eye from Earth.
Man, you could get neck strain with all this looking up this month. It’s best to view that planet parade during the early morning hours.
So that strawberry supermoon on Tuesday? That’s at its fullest at exactly 7:51 a.m. Tuesday morning June 14 here in New Jersey according to space.com but you’ll be able to enjoy it from June 13 through 15.
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
Every NJ city and town's municipal tax bill, ranked
A little less than 30 cents of every $1 in property taxes charged in New Jersey support municipal services provided by cities, towns, townships, boroughs and villages. Statewide, the average municipal-only tax bill in 2021 was $2,725, but that varied widely from more than $13,000 in Tavistock to nothing in three townships. In addition to $9.22 billion in municipal purpose taxes, special taxing districts that in some places provide municipal services such as fire protection, garbage collection or economic development levied $323.8 million in 2021.
New Jersey's license plate designs through the years