A Strawberry Moon will sweeten up the night sky tonight


Like numerous names for full moons, this one dates back to Native Americans, in this case to the Algonquin, the first native peoples encountered by European settlers in the New World. The strawberry moon happens in June, when strawberries are ripe for picking.

People took to social media to post their amazement at the spectacular event, with one saying: "It's a strawberry moon tonight folks".

The bright object you may see close to the moon will be Saturn.

The moon is technically full Wednesday at 11:53 p.m. 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.

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.

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When will be the best time to see it? It will rise in the east Wednesday at 7:28 p.m. and Thursday at 8:16 p.m. Or, if you're on the West Coast, 9:53 p.m. PT on Wednesday. The planet, it added, will rise in the southeast sky around sunset before setting in the west around sunrise. The higher your observation point, and the fewer buildings and cloud are obstructing the horizon, the sooner you'll see it.

Despite its name, the Strawberry Moon will not turn a deep red or pink colour on Thursday night.

Given favorable weather conditions, the July 27 blood moon will be visible throughout most of the eastern hemisphere including the totality phase in Africa, the Middle East and much of central Asia.

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

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 previous Blood Moon that took place this year January by about 45 minutes.