Plump, colorful 'strawberry moon' to light up sky this week

Pablo Tucker
June 27, 2018

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.

The low arc of the June full moon across the sky means moonlight must travel through more of the Earth's atmosphere, which gives it an orange or yellow tint.

The first full moon of summer will rise Wednesday, and it will be called the "Strawberry Moon".

This phenomenon, known as the "moon illusion", has enthralled and mystified onlookers for thousands of years, he said.

Stargazers will have the chance to observe Saturn in the sky this week.

The Strawberry Moon marks the sixth full moon of 2018, the previous ones occurred on January 1, Jan. 31, March 1, March 31, April 29 and May 29.

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

AccuWeather reports Saturn will hit opposition around 9 a.m. Wednesday, and that it should be viewable to the "unaided eye all night long" as it rises in the East and sets in the West.

Meanwhile, clouds will obscure the night sky for many across the Northeast and down the spine of the Appalachian Mountains, as well as parts of the Pacific Northwest.

The June full moon gets its name from the Algonquin tribes, who knew it as a signal to gather ripening wild strawberries, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. Overnight Tuesday, Saturn will reach its highest point.

Also Wednesday night, sky watchers should be able to see the planet Saturn, which will appear just south of the full moon and will be at its biggest and brightest of 2018.

On the rare occasion a second full moon takes place in one calendar month, it is known as a Blue Moon.

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