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27 June 2018, 09:55 | Justin Tyler
A plane flies in front of a full moon. REUTERS Toby Melville
On Wednesday, the summer's first full moon, nicknamed the "Strawberry Moon", will rise at around 12:53 a.m. ET on Wednesday. The sixth planet will be in opposition to the sun, meaning the Earth will be directly between them.
The low arc of the June full moon across the sky means moonlight must travel through more of the Earth's atmosphere, which gives it an orange or yellow tint. The ringed giant will mark its presence in the opposition just a day before the appearance of the Strawberry full moon, i.e. on the twenty-seventh day of June.
The moon is set to greet sky watchers as early as 8:24 p.m., according to astronomer Michael Allen of Washington State University's department of physics and astronomy.
This phenomenon, known as the "moon illusion", has enthralled and mystified onlookers for thousands of years, he said. 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 phenomenon known as a strawberry moon should be visible across the Pacific Northwest Wednesday night, weather permitting.
The planet will look somewhat like a bright, yellow-hued, unblinking star when seen with the naked eye. Overnight Tuesday, Saturn will reach its highest point.
It's easy to see a full moon anywhere, but if you want the complete night experience, you can see the night sky better if you get further away from the light pollution of the city. But this month's Moon cycle may have you hankering for a snack.
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