Strawberry Moon to rise Wednesday night

Strawberry Moon to rise Wednesday night

Starting on Tuesday night, Saturn will be opposite the sun in the sky. "It's a cool moon because it traces a shallow path across the sky", Bob Bonadurer, director of the Milwaukee Public Museum's Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium said to Journal Sentinel.

The Northern Hemisphere sees the Strawberry Moon coincide with the summer solstice last week, which celebrated the longest days of the year.

On the 30th, the gibbous moon will shine with bright orange Mars and will climb with the moon for a lovely view at midnight.

Saturn will officially reach opposition around 9 a.m. EDT Wednesday, but the best time to see it will not come until Wednesday night when it pairs up with the moon.

Some of Saturn's moons might also be visible with a telescope, NASA said.

A "Strawberry Moon" will rise over the Tri-Cities early Wednesday night. The ringed giant will mark its presence in the opposition just a day before the appearance of the Strawberry full moon, i.e. on the twenty-seventh day of June.


The Full Strawberry Moon will hit full phase at 12:53 a.m. Thursday, and should make for some good skygazing for the next couple of nights.

It also appears larger than usual just at it begins to rise.

On the rare occasion a second full moon takes place in one calendar month, it is known as a Blue Moon. When it's in its full phase, the moon is incredibly bright and nearly impossible to look at for more than a few seconds.

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.

People planning to look at Saturn through a telescope should wait until the middle of the night when the planet is high in the sky rather than near sunset or sunrise when Saturn is near the horizon.

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