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Full strawberry moon, Saturn when opposition makes for the best skygazing week

The last full moon of the spring and the annual June month, known as Full Strawberry Moon, will hit full phase shortly after midnight strike on Thursday, June 28th.

Full Strawberry Moon will hit the full at 12:53 on Thursday, and should do some good skygazing for the next nights. NASA says the strawberry moon gets its name from the Algonquin tribe because of the "relatively short season to harvest strawberries in northeastern North America."

June full moon is named for the best time of the year to grow strawberries, and it also has a few names in the honey moon, Mead Moon and Full Rose Moon.

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8, the bright planet Saturn, almost at its brightest and nearest Earth for the year, will appear during the full moon," reports the United States space agency. 19659002] "The couple will dive closest at 11:00 AM EDT. The full moon after the next will be right after midnight Thursday morning June 28, 2018, at 12:53."

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Strawberry Moon marks the sixth full moon 2018, the previous occurred on January 1, January 31, March 1, March 31, April 29, and May 29th.

When the moon approaches its full phase, Saturn will reach opposition that means it and the sun is on opposite sides of the earth. That means it's the best time of the year to see Saturn in heaven, as it approaches the Moon and comes closest to Earth, it's coming all year.

AccuWeather reports Saturn will beat the opposition at 9 o'clock on Wednesday, and it will be visible to the "invisible eye all night" as it rises to the east and settles in the west.

"Cloudless conditions will lead to uninterrupted view of Saturn for much of the western and central US on Wednesday night," reports the site.

"If clouds block the Saturn resistance on Wednesday night, spectators will still have plenty of opportunities to see the planet, as it will remain visible in the night sky throughout the summer."

  • February – Snow
  • March – Worm
  • April – Pink
  • May – Flower
  • May – Flower
  • See below for an overview of the second full moon name, courtesy of National Geographic: 19659016] June – Strawberry
  • July – Buck
  • August – Sturgeon
  • September – Harvest
  • October – Hunters
  • November – Beaver
  • December – Cold
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