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Look at the night sky to see Saturn shining along the full moon



Select your calendars. This week's night sky gives a visual celebration of heavenly proportions.

As soon as the sun sets this week, look east. If you have a clear picture, you can see Saturn glowing strongly, because the Earth's orbit brings us directly between Saturn and the Sun on Wednesday.

According to a NASA skywatching video, it's best time to check out the ringed world at about midnight.

As said, you may be extra careful to look over you on Wednesday when the full moon rises not far from Saturn in the night sky.

Saturn will be at its nearest point to the ground of the week, so the star gazes look a good look at the gas giant.

The planet will look a bit like a bright, yellow-haired, blinking star when seen with the naked eye.

As said, a backyard telescope or binoculars would also give interested space fans a better look at the planet's rings.

On Wednesday, the summer's first full moon, named "Strawberry Moon", will rise around 12:53 on Wednesday.

But do not be fooled by the nickname, the full moon will not sport any extra color.

According to the farmer's calendar, the first full moon after the summer indicated the beginning of the strawberry picking season.

And while the full moon only keeps the day, Saturn will appear in the night sky for several months.

This is just the beginning of a summer filled with fun celestial events. Mars will look bigger in the sky at the end of this month, making it visible from around 10:30 p.m. at the beginning of the morning.

Since the end of July, Earth and Mars will be the closest they have been since 2003.

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