Full 'Strawberry Mini-Moon,' Saturn visible tonight

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               Full 'Strawberry Moon' Tonight        Get ready for a beautiful full moon in the night sky tonight but it won't turn any flavor of fruity colors

SCIENCE Full 'Strawberry Moon' Tonight Get ready for a beautiful full moon in the night sky tonight but it won't turn any flavor of fruity colors

The Strawberry Moon celebrates the coming of prime strawberry-picking season, which reaches its peak in June, according to Space.com. According to EarthSky the mini moon will hit its fullest point while it's about 30,000 miles farther from Earth than the year's closest new moon on May 25.

June's full moon is also known as the "Strawberry Moon". It had set before we could see it in all it's 100% illumination glory but because it's now about 30,000 miles farther away than when it orbits closest to the Earth, the moon appears "full" longer because it's orbiting slower.

Here's a good astronomy tip from the Farmers' Almanac: If you're looking at the full moon Friday night and you spot a small object that appears to be a bright star with a yellow-white glow, shining near the lower right side of the moon, that's the planet Saturn. However, with a minimoon, the opposite happens, as the moon coincides with apogee, the moon's farthest point from our planet.

The moon will be at its fullest (99.7% full) the following morning at 1:08 a.m. So tonight, you might be able to picture two or three moons squeezed between them, but certainly not five.

This full moon is no supermoon. Astronomical events in 2017 you don't want to miss That's the name given to June's full moon, which will rise Friday night. Slooh's webcast begins at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT). But, if you don't notice the moon's petit size on Friday, you will see the bright planet nearby, Saturn.

"The moon won't look any different than it normally does", he says. That's when the International Space Station will cross the northwest sky for a few minutes.

The full Strawberry Moon is also sometimes called the "Honey Moon" or the "Rose Moon" in Europe.

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