Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

The Strawberry Moon, a Smaller and Less Bright Full Moon

The Strawberry Moon, a Smaller and Less Bright Full Moon

This month's full moon, also known as strawberry moon, is unique, since it's the smallest full moon of the year. Slooh's webcast begins at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT). "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".

The moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 240,000 miles, and there are around 30,000 miles between its closest and its furthest point to Earth.

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According to EarthSky.org, the Strawberry Full Moon peaks Friday morning, June 9, at 9:10 AM, but the moon won't be visible at this time because it will be below the horizon. Saturn's rings are tilted nearly at the maximum toward Earth.

The strawberry moon actually hit its fullest point on Friday morning - at 8:10 a.m. CDT on June 9 - but it will still appear almost full on Friday night, according to astronomers. The rings, which are made up of highly reflective particles of ice, will bolster's Saturn's brightness. It will be the sixth full moon on the 2017 lunar calendar and the last full moon of the spring season in the northern hemisphere. The full moon will be the smallest full moon of the year, which is what earned the moon the "mini" title as well.

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During the month of June, there are several spectacles in the sky. Also, it should serve as a reminder that it's time to start picking them up.

This makes sense because when the moon seems to be "full", it always appears diametrically opposite to the sun's position. The sun is now approaching the summer solstice, which marks its highest point in midday sky, and correspondingly, the full moon is close to the sun's low point -the winter solstice- so it appears to conduct a slow journey across the southern part of the sky. "Honey is also a term of endearment, dating at least as back as the year 1350; a corruption of hymenae, the Greek wedding songs".

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