(photo: artist’s impression)
This evening (Friday 9th June) brings us the June full moon, today’s moon is known as Strawberry moon, because the first fruit after to ripen in late spring and early summer is the strawberry, therefore the traditional moniker for the June moon is Strawberry Moon.
You will also immediately notice the bright planet nearby: the “ringed wonder” of the solar system, Saturn, very close to tonight’s full moon
The Weather is clear tonight therefore you should be able to readily see Saturn glowing sedately like a very bright yellow-white “star” to the moon’s lower right.
Saturn appears brighter than usual because its amazing rings are tilted almost at their maximum toward Earth; an inclination of 26.5 degrees. The rings, composed of highly reflective particles of ice, serve to bolster Saturn’s apparent brightness