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

Strawberry Moon 2018: How to See the Full Strawberry Moon This June

Strawberry Moon 2018: How to See the Full Strawberry Moon This June

It won't appear red with speckles of black seeds, but the first full moon of summer will take on a reddish tint and appear unnaturally large. According to the statement of the United States space agency NASA, this would be the time during which the Saturn would be at the closest proximity with the brightest shine for the entire year. "A low moon is no larger than a high moon", Allen said.

June's full moon is often called the Strawberry Moon, which is named because it signaled to the Algonquin tribes that it was the time of year to gather ripening strawberries, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

The best time to see the full moon is 8:05 p.m. ET on the east coast, and 7:51 p.m. PT on the west coast. This striking phenomenon, known as the "moon illusion", has enthralled and mystified onlookers for thousands of years.

Just prior to the time when the Strawberry Moon would achieve its peak, the sixth planet, Saturn would be just at the opposite of the Sun. This full moon of the late June sky also has other names such as Honey Moon, Hot Moon, and Rose Moon. It will sit fairly low in the southern sky and the planet Saturn will be just below it to the left.

Meanwhile, clouds will obscure the night sky for many across the Northeast and down the spine of the Appalachian Mountains, as well as parts of the Pacific Northwest, according to AccuWeather.

"With a decent pair of binoculars you'll be able to see that the object you are looking at is not the standard circle shape of a planet", read a statement from Royal Observatory Greenwich quoted by the Express.

It's easy to see a full moon anywhere, but if you want the complete night experience, you can see the night sky better if you get further away from the light pollution of the city.

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