Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

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

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

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. "A low moon is no larger than a high moon", said Allen.

Thought to have formed some 4.51 billion years ago from debris left over after an impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body called Theia, the Moon is the second-brightest regularly visible celestial object-after the sun.

The phenomenon known as a strawberry moon should be visible across the Pacific Northwest Wednesday night, weather permitting. This full moon of the late June sky also has other names such as Honey Moon, Hot Moon, and Rose Moon.

To see the moon in all it's glory, staying away from artificial light will guarantee the best view.

The moon is set to greet sky watchers as early as 8:24 p.m., according to astronomer Michael Allen of Washington State University's department of physics and astronomy. But this month's Moon cycle may have you hankering for a snack. It will rise in the east around sunset and slowly make its way across the sky before setting in the west around sunrise.

Full moons traditionally represented new beginnings and new change, with Native American women using the moon to cleanse their spiritual selves.

According to the reports, the Strawberry Moon would be seen in its fullest size on Thursday 28 June. When it's in its full phase, the moon is incredibly bright and nearly impossible to look at for more than a few seconds. This constellation is not the easiest to identify, because its stars are rather faint and it never rises high in the United Kingdom sky.

So find a clear southern horizon, and look for it immediately below the Moon and Saturn on the night of the 27th.

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