Published: Wed, June 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Starwatch: mooning around for a glimpse of Saturn in Sagittarius

Starwatch: mooning around for a glimpse of Saturn in Sagittarius

Allen said stargazers will want to watch the moon rise and silhouette hills, buildings and trees, making the moon look larger-than-normal.

As the moon nears its full phase, Saturn will reach opposition meaning it and the Sun are at opposite sides of the Earth.

If clouds block the Saturn opposition on Wednesday night, onlookers will still have plenty of opportunities to see the planet as it will remain visible in the night sky throughout the summer.

It is also known as the Honey Moon and Mead Moon, in case you need any other edible inspiration. Unlike last month, when the full Flower Moon occurred during daylight hours for observers in North America, the full Strawberry Moon can easily be viewed at the exact moment is becomes 100% illuminated. It will sit fairly low in the southern sky and the planet Saturn will be just below it to the left. At that time the Saturn could be seen effectively from the Earth, rising during the sunset and setting at the time of sunrise on the morning of Wednesday 27 June.

Apple releases first iOS 12 public beta for anyone to try
If you want to try the next major version of tvOS on your Apple TV, you can now download the pubic beta. You can get out of the beta at any point by unenrolling from the "Profiles" menu in your Preferences.

If it's not too cloudy, you should see the sweet sight of a full moon that looks larger and redder than usual, according to astronomer Michael Allen of Washington State University's department of physics and astronomy. When it's in its full phase, the moon is incredibly bright and nearly impossible to look at for more than a few seconds.

When is the Full Strawberry Moon?

June's full moon is known as a "strawberry moon" because Algonquin tribes would use it to signal the time to start picking wild strawberries, according to Farmer's Almanac. This constellation is not the easiest to identify, because its stars are rather faint and it never rises high in the United Kingdom sky.

Like this: