Full Strawberry Moon rises Thursday evening

Look at that full strawberry moon!

The June Full Moon rose Thursday and weather conditions were prime for viewing of the celestial event.

Those who head outside to check out the moon were in for an extra treat.... The small bright spot near the moon was actually Saturn!

This month's Full Moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon. It coincides with the time of year that Native Americans gather ripening strawberries. It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon.

Note: The moon will not appear pink, as the name may imply.

Thursday's moon would also be this year's "smallest" Full Moon. It occurred when the moon was near apogee or its farthest point from Earth during its orbit and therefore appeared smaller in the sky.

 

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