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Strawberry 'Minimoon' could be seen tonight shining along Saturn

6-9 Sky cover forecast Strawberry 'Minimoon' could be seen tonight shining along Saturn
Theresa Hayes | 28 June, 2018, 11:25

The online observatory Slooh.com will host a free live webcast tonight (May 29) to showcase the Full Flower Moon of May.

Friday night is the flawless moment for skywatchers, as an interesting astronomical phenomenon will be visible from Earth. Overall, it should be a good night for a Strawberry Moon watch party! "So if you've never had an opportunity to see or identify Saturn with the naked eye, just look for a reasonably bright point of light about four or five moon-widths away from the full moon itself".

A "mini-moon" is called that because the moon will be at its further point from the Earth. Since the sun will be above the horizon and lighting up the sky at that hour, and the moon will be below the horizon at that time, sky watchers in North America will have to wait until after sunset Friday to see the full moon at its brightest, says EarthSky.org. Saturn's rings are tilted nearly at the maximum toward Earth.

The June moon will officially be at its fullest phase at 9:09 a.m.

Get ready for a attractive full moon in the night sky tonight, but it won't turn any flavor of fruity colors.

As for when you'll be able to view the full moon? It's worth a peak if you can catch it between the clouds tonight.

The June full moon has also been referred to as the Honey Moon in recent years. The nickname comes from Guy Ottewell, who published the "Astronomical Calendar" for decades. He noted that weddings are scheduled in June more than any other month. This point will be occupied on June 8, and that's why the moon of June 9 will appear so small. In Europe, it's referred to as the "rose moon" (for roses that bloom in June), and some cultures call it the "hot moon" because it usually arrives when the heat of summer starts getting intense.