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Skywatch: Look for the Full Strawberry Moon this week

The Full Moon will arrive later in the week.
The Moon & Spica

You can use the moon to help you locate the brightest star in a famous spring & summer constellation Monday & Tuesday evenings.

Spica is the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo. It’s just under 300 light-years from our planet. It looks like a single star but it’s not, it’s known as a binary star.

Two stars, both bigger than our sun, orbit a common point. What I find neat about them is the fact that they’re only 11 million miles apart, we’re more than 93 million miles from our Sun. Above is how you'll find things on Tuesday evening.

Courtesy: NASA

Venus reaches something known as inferior conjunction at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

That means Earth, Venus & the Sun will all line up. Sadly you won’t be able to see Venus because it’ll be lost in the Sun’s glare.

The planet will be visible soon but in the morning sky, not the evening sky like it was last month.

Mercury Marks a Milestone

Mercury reaches something known as the greatest elongation at around 9 a.m. on Thursday. This means that Mercury will be at its farthest from the Sun in the sky.

So if you look in the western sky after sunset it’ll be easier to spot. It’ll be low in the sky about an hour after nightfall but if you have a good set of binoculars you might be able to find it about a half-hour or so after sunset.

The Full Strawberry Moon

The Full Moon arrives at 3:12 p.m. on Friday. This month we call it the Full Strawberry Moon.

That’s because traditionally this is the time to harvest ripening strawberries. It’s also known as the Full Rose Moon.

It shouldn’t be hard to spot on Friday night. Happy hunting!