Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Strawberry Moon Appears Tonight: Here's Who Will Have the Best View

Strawberry Moon Appears Tonight: Here's Who Will Have the Best View

In the United States, the peak of the Strawberry Moon won't actually occur until 12:53 a.m. ET on Thursday, June 28.

Tonight's full moon is going to be a little sweeter than usual.

Amy Nieskens of the Old Farmer's Almanac explained: "June's moon is known as the Full Strawberry Moon".

Hot on the heels of the summer solstice, June's full Strawberry Moon - appearing at the beginning of the sunniest and warmest months of the year - is slightly unusual this month.

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. "When we fly between a superior planet and the sun, the planet is generally closest and brightest for that year". You can catch the Full Buck Moon (or the Thunder Moon, etc.) in July!

When will be the best time to see it? Areas in darker blue are forecast to have the clearest skies tonight. The moon will rise at 8:05 p.m.in NY, with sunset at 8:31 p.m. The planet, it added, will rise in the southeast sky around sunset before setting in the west around sunrise. And yes, it will look larger than normal - but this always happens when the moon is near the horizon.

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Mars will be the brightest and closest to Earth since 2003, according to Earth & Sky.

When Is the Next Full Moon?

Given favorable weather conditions, the July 27 blood moon will be visible throughout most of the eastern hemisphere including the totality phase in Africa, the Middle East and much of central Asia.

Not only will skywatchers be able to see the Strawberry Moon, but Saturn will also be visible. Not only will the moon turn a copper orange color, but it will do so for the longest time in the 21st century, spending an hour and 42 minutes in totality.

However, those in North America do not have long to wait because the next Blood Moon is on January 20, 2019.

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