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Full moon alert: Saturn and Strawberry moon to brighten the night sky

Full moon alert: Saturn and Strawberry moon to brighten the night sky

The end of this week brings the end of this month, but not before the ringed planet Saturn opposes the Sun and the Moon comes to Full Phase.

To see the moon in all it's glory, staying away from artificial light will guarantee the best view. The Full Moon could be best seen in the sky at 12:53 a.m. EDT (0453 GMT) late on Wednesday or at any time in the wee hours of Thursday. If you can organize a camping trip, go as far as you can from civilization to get the darkest sky showing the brightest details of a starry night.

Cloud-free conditions will lead to uninterrupted views of Saturn for much of the western and central United States on Wednesday night.

A larger telescope may also reveal some of the planet's largest moons. According to folklore, days following the New and Full Moons are most likely to be rainy or stormy.

Look for the Strawberry Moon at dusk, and keep looking for 15 minutes to give the Earth time to rotate a little to reveal the full moon.




Also known as the mead moon, honey moon, and full rose moon, this magnificent full moon celebrates the beginning of strawberry picking season.

This is the second of three oppositions in as many months, coming after the Jupiter opposition in May and preceding the Mars opposition in July.

Rather than turning red, the moon will take a slightly reddish tint and loom very large in the night sky after rising at 8:24 p.m. PST, astronomer Michael Allen said.

So find a clear southern horizon, and look for it immediately below the Moon and Saturn on the night of the 27th. It's a hypnotic sight indeed and the easiest time to look at it, but as it rises higher into the sky it will quickly change to yellow, and then to white as it becomes too bright to look at comfortably.


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