Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

This week's night sky: Saturn shining with full moon

Saturn Opposition 2018 GETTYSaturn Opposition 2018 The ringed planet will be easily visible next week
Theresa Hayes | 26 June, 2018, 21:47

A slightly smaller strawberry moon is expected Thursday night as well, he said. On June 27, at around 11:53 p.m., the Strawberry Moon will be shining bright, and all you have to do is look up!

It is being said that the Saturn will be marking its presence throughout the night of Opposition.

Saturn will be closest to the Earth on Wednesday, making it a great opportunity to view and see the planet in detail.

The Full Strawberry Moon will hit full phase at 12:53 a.m. Thursday, and should make for some good skygazing for the next couple of nights.

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. "If you have never spotted Saturn's rings, now is your chance", AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.

This will make it easy for people of all ages to spot Saturn among a sea of countless stars in the night sky.

"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.

Other names for June's full moon include the Hot Moon for its association with the year's highest temperatures, and the Rose Moon for coinciding with blooming flowers.

This is the second of three oppositions in as many months, coming after the Jupiter opposition in May and preceding the Mars opposition in July.

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

The full Moon is always a attractive sight in the night sky, but this month it is particularly useful as well.

"The Mars opposition will be July 27, and it will be perhaps the second closest opposition in almost 60,000 years, second only to the opposition of 2003", Samuhel said.