Strawberry Moon rises over Western Washington tonight

28 June, 2018, 10:12 | Author: Grady Montgomery

In Europe, the moon has also been called the Honey Moon, Mead Moon and Full Rose Moon.

As the sun sets on Wednesday, June 27, stargazers will be able to catch sight of an annual lunar event known as the Strawberry Moon. When this happens, the Moon will not completely disappear from view under the shadow, it does however, take on a deep red, nearly burnt orange colour.

Its low, shallow path across the sky makes June's Strawberry Moon the most colorful of the year, Bob Bonadurer, director of the Milwaukee Public Museum's Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The Strawberry Moon will reach peak fullness on Thursday at 12:53 a.m. ET, according to Time and Leisure.

When will be the best time to see it? Although you can look at the moon when it's high in the sky, you will have trouble if the skies are completely clear because of glare.

The moon will officially rise at 8:48 p.m.in Western Washington, though you'll need to allow 5-10 minutes for the moon to be visible above the Cascades.




Here's the sky cover forecast for 8 p.m. CDT Wednesday. It happens because, when the sunlight enters Earth's atmosphere which is blocking, the light gets refracted in such a way that the green to violet wavelengths on the visible spectrum scatter more strongly than the red, thus giving the moon a reddish cast.

It will rise in the east after sunset.

It will be a double treat for sky gazers tonight as Saturn will be at its closest point of the year. It will be long because there is both a full moon and a moon apogee happening simultaneously.

The next full moon will be on Friday, July 27, at 3:20 p.m. CDT.

Next month, there will be a total lunar eclipse which is going to be the longest one this century, say astronomers. However, none of that will be observable from North America because it occurs during daytime. The previous Blood Moon that took place this year January by about 45 minutes.

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