Look Up! Strawberry Moon And Saturn To Put On A Show Tonight

Don't expect it to be red though.

June 27, 2018 - 8:56 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Look up! Tonight we'll have one of the most vibrant moons of the year. The Strawberry Moon, so-called due to the time of year when strawberries are ripe for picking. 

The Strawberry Moon is also known as the Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and the Full Rose Moon in Europe. 

Why is this a special full moon? 

The moons that are lower in the sky are more vibrant -- this one is no exception.

"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 Dome Theater and Planetarium, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "We always get more color in the sky when things are lower."

Despite its name don't expect to see a deep red or pink moon -- it's always been associated with the optimum time for the harvest of berries. 

The caveat for Michiganders is that clouds could obscure the view.  But if you head out away from the lights of the city there are amazing spots in Michigan for stargazing and taking in a beautiful full moon. Take a look here! 

According to NASA, Wednesday evening into Thursday morning, the bright planet Saturn, nearly at its brightest and closest to the Earth for the year, will appear below the full Moon. The pair will appear at their closest at around 11 p.m. And will appear nearly full through early Friday.
The moon will be at its peak at 12:53 a.m. EDT Thursday on the East Coast and at 9:53 p.m PDT Wednesday.

Can't get a good look at this full moon? You won't have to wait long for the next opportunity - on July 27 - the blood moon will rise, and that will have a crimson color to it. 

The blood moon will be followed by the Sturgeon Moon on August 26.