Watching the Skies: First full moon of astronomical summer

Watching The Skies

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The first full moon of astronomical summer will arrive this week.

The full moon in June is known as the Strawberry Moon because of the strawberries that are ready to be picked at this time of year. It is also sometimes called the Blooming Moon, Berries Ripen Moon or Green Corn Moon. 

Thursday is when the moon will be officially full, though it will look full Wednesday and Friday as well. 

The full moon will rise in the east shortly after the sun has set. It will set in the west around sunrise. This is the first of four full moons in astronomical summer. 

Once the full moon has passed, the waning moon will pass by Jupiter and Saturn. Look to the south before sunrise to see the trio. Jupiter is the brightest of the two planets, and it will be left of Saturn. The moon will be below Saturn on June 27 and below Jupiter on June 28.

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