You Will Be Able to See a Strawberry Moon Tonight Over Connecticut
It's your last chance this year to see what NASA call's the "Super Moon" and tonight there's going to be an extra special treat.
If you look to the sky tonight over Connecticut and Dutchess and Putnam County, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the "Strawberry Moon". According to NASA, towards the end of June, the Moon usually sits in a lower position in the sky and shines through more of our atmosphere, sometimes giving off a pinkish hue.
We all know that the term "Super Moon" is not an official term referred to by astronomers, it just means that it's the moon's closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. This full moon tonight will be just 226,000 miles from the Earth.
If you want to really impress your family and friends with some lunar knowledge, if you go way back to the origin of the "Strawberry Moon", Native American tribes referred to this full moon as the Strawberry Moon because it signaled a time for gathering ripening strawberries and other fruits.
So what's the best time to view tonight's Strawberry Moon and will you have to do anything special to see it? The answer is just look up starting at around 8:51 PM, that's when the moon will rise in the southeast sky. You'll have a good view of the moon for the entire night and overnight before the moon sets and disappears from sight around 4:48 AM in the southwest sky.
Your also in luck weather wise tonight, the forecast is for clear skies and temperatures will be in the low 50's, perfect for skywatching.