Londoners are in for a treat this weekend as the skies are set to be graced by a Strawberry Moon in a 'rare lunar event'.

Unfortunately, despite its fruity name, the moon may not appear in warm colours as we would expect. 

The lunar event, named by Native Americans mars the strawberry season when berries are at their ripest and ready for harvesting. 

Here's everything you need to know about the strawberry moon so you don't miss out on seeing it this weekend.

What is the Strawberry Moon?

According to the Royal Greenwich Museum, they share: "Many cultures refer to May's full moon as the flower moon thanks to the abundant blooming that occurs as spring gets going properly.

"Other names include the hare moon, the corn planting moon, and the milk moon."

Discussing its historical links to Native America, NASA adds: "The Maine Farmer's Almanac first published Indian names for the full moons in the 1930's.

“According to this almanac, the full moon in June or the last full Moon of spring is known as the Strawberry Moon, a name universal to just about every Algonquin tribe.

“The name comes from the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in northeastern North America.”

How can I see the Strawberry Moon in London? 

The Strawberry Moon will peak in London on Saturday night, June 22, and the best time to spot the event is around 11pm, but if you want its fullest peak, then the best time is 1.08am.

What do astronomers advise for stargazing?

Astronomers advise lying on your back and using your eyes - no telescopes or binoculars - to watch a shower, as you want to see as much of the sky as possible.  

NASA has also recommended giving your eyes time to adjust to the dark - so going outside half an hour before the shower is due to start.

"Try to stay off of your phone too, as looking at devices with bright screens will negatively affect your night vision."