Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Strawberry Moon and Saturn to put on dazzling display this week

Strawberry Moon and Saturn to put on dazzling display this week

The name comes from Algonquin tribes of Native Americans, who took this full moon as a sign to harvest wild strawberries, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

A consolation prize for us here in the United States will be a bright Mars alongside the almost full moon just a few days after the eclipse on July 31.

The ringed planet will look like a bright star next to the moon, which is full at 10:53 p.m.in Denver.

Here's what you need to know as the full moon and Saturn get ready to put on a dazzling display this week.

Its low, shallow path across the sky makes June's Strawberry Moon the most colorful of the year, Bob Bonadurer, director of the Milwaukee Public Museum's Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Those hoping to see it should head to an open space for a better view.

If skies are clear Wednesday night, go outside and look up. In Pacific time, the moon should rise at 9:54 p.m. according to the lunar calendar.

The eclipse will reach its peak sometime around 8:22 p.m. UTC or 1:52 AM IST, says the report.

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"My favorite time to watch the full moon is as it is rising over the eastern horizon".

A total lunar eclipse, commonly referred to as a "blood moon" due to the rusty-red color the lunar surface turns as it slides into Earth's darkest shadow, will happen on July 27.

It will rise in the east after sunset.

Each full moon has a name rooted in various cultures and traditions.

In exactly a month, if we are lucky and there is no thick cloud cover, we may have a chance to see a blood moon once again, as the "largest lunar eclipse this century" is expected to be witnessed on July 27, 2018.

Not only will skywatchers be able to see the Strawberry Moon, but Saturn will also be visible.

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. However, none of that will be observable from North America because it occurs during daytime.

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