Full Strawberry Moon, Saturn reaching opposition make for prime skygazing week

Cesar Mills
June 27, 2018

During this celestial event, the Saturn will be positioning itself across the sky. "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.

As for Saturn, the ringed planet will be reaching the state of opposition on Wednesday, June 27, which means it will be at its closest to Earth, and, as pointed out by the Express, best viewed in the constellation of Sagittarius.

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

There will also be a full moon that night as well. We will have a full moon and a great view of Saturn.

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Above everything, if you are a space lover, a pair of good binoculars is enough for you to witness the magical rings of Saturn.

AccuWeather reports Saturn will hit opposition around 9 a.m. Wednesday, and that it should be viewable to the "unaided eye all night long" as it rises in the East and sets in the West. Appearing as a bright star-like object just to the south of the full moon, it will be at its biggest and brightest of 2018.

The "strawberry moon" won't appear red with black spots life usual, but the first full moon of the summer will instead take on a reddish tint and appear exceptionally large. According to folklore, days following the New and Full Moons are most likely to be rainy or stormy. It's a hypnotic sight indeed and the easiest time to look at it, but as it rises higher into the sky it will quickly change to yellow, and then to white as it becomes too bright to look at comfortably.

So find a clear southern horizon, and look for it immediately below the Moon and Saturn on the night of the 27th.

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