Saturn and a 'strawberry moon' will brighten night skies

Saturn and a 'strawberry moon' will brighten night skies

The sixth planet will be in opposition to the sun, meaning the Earth will be directly between them. "It's a cool moon because it traces a shallow path across the sky", Bob Bonadurer, director of the Milwaukee Public Museum's Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium said to Journal Sentinel.

Saturn and the Moon are locked in a attractive harmony, and they'll appear right next to each other in the evening sky this week, especially Thursday, June 28th, looking southeast an hour after sunset.

The so-called strawberry moon is what's known as a "moon illusion" and it's been mystifying onlookers for years.

Above everything, if you are a space lover, a pair of good binoculars is enough for you to witness the magical rings of Saturn. So, what is the Strawberry Moon anyway? At that time the Saturn could be seen effectively from the Earth, rising during the sunset and setting at the time of sunrise on the morning of Wednesday 27 June. But the best time to see it isn't actually when it's highest in the sky (aka at its brightest) since it'll be too bright to look at for too long.

Meanwhile, clouds will obscure the night sky for many across the Northeast and down the spine of the Appalachian Mountains, as well as parts of the Pacific Northwest.

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Although the planet can be seen with the naked eye, looking at the planet through the eyepiece of a telescope can reveal its famous rings.

It also appears larger than usual just at it begins to rise.

It's a red-letter week for night sky watchers as a full moon and arguably the solar system's most attractive planet will be on full display.

On the rare occasion a second full moon takes place in one calendar month, it is known as a Blue Moon.

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