Stawberry moon to rise Wednesday

Stawberry moon to rise Wednesday

Stawberry moon to rise Wednesday

You'll need a telescope to see the planet's famous rings, however, but "if you have never spotted Saturn's rings, now is your chance", AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said.

Other names for June's full moon include the Hot Moon for its association with the year's highest temperatures, and the Rose Moon for coinciding with blooming flowers.

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

A sweet celestial treat known as a "strawberry moon" will greet sky watchers across the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday night, weather permitting.

While "Strawberry Moon" sounds interesting, it doesn't signify a crimson-colored moon, it only indicates the start of the strawberry-picking season.

In addition to Saturn's mesmerising appearance in the sky, the astronomers still are witnessing a breathtaking Jupiter's view in this month itself. Appearing as a bright star-like object just to the south of the full moon, it will be at its biggest and brightest of 2018.

The moon won't necessarily look like a strawberry, but it can take on a reddish tint and appear unnaturally large. It will rise in the east around sunset and slowly make its way across the sky before setting in the west around sunrise.

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.

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.

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

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