The moon rises over lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City on June 10, 2017, as seen from West Orange, new jersey.
June’s full “Strawberry Moon” is tonight — and it comes with a special treat for stargazers: Saturn will also be at its biggest and brightest.
The ringed planet is in opposition with the sun, rises high into the sky in the east, shortly after sunset. It will continue climbing until midnight, when you reach the highest point.
“The opposition is a big milestone every year for observing the ringed planet Saturn, or any superior planet (planet orbiting the sun outside the orbit of the Earth),” EarthSky.org reports. “When we fly between a superior planet and the sun, the planet is generally the closest and brightest for that year.”
Not every planet can reach opposition, in particular Mercury and Venus.
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Those planets could not reach the opposition “, because they are always within the orbit of the Earth ( … ) [and] remain relatively close to the Sun as seen from Earth,” NASA says.
Here is what you need to know if the full moon and Saturn get ready to put on a dazzling display this week.
What is a “Strawberry Moon”?
(2017 Gary Hershorn)
The Strawberry Moon — also known as the Rose Moon, or Honey Moon — was named by Algonquin tribes, who used the full moon as a signal to pick ripe strawberries and other fruit.
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“This is an age old practice, nothing new. Old people often followed the seasons by following the lunar calendar (versus the current solar calendar),” The Old Farmer’s Almanac explains in a post online.
When can I see it?
The Strawberry Moon will reach peak fullness on Thursday at 12:53 pm ET, depending on Time and Free time. But if you are not awake, do not worry: You can still check after the sun around 8:05 pm ET.
The moon appears full and bright for about three days this week.
You still have the ability to spot a full moon next month, when the Full Buck Moon graces the night sky on July 27.
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