The Strawberry Moon, June’s full moon, will be visible throughout the weekend. It will be fully illuminated by the sun tonight at 11:42 p.m. ET and will be visible all night in the constellation Scorpius. Mars and Venus will also be visible in the western sky, with Venus appearing as a bright white speck about 22 degrees above the horizon and Mars visible not far off at 28 degrees above the horizon. Antares, a red supergiant star, will also be seen slightly to the moon’s upper right. Skywatchers can turn their telescopes towards Venus to see the planet at dichotomy, and special filters may help to increase contrast when viewing the moon’s surface.
June’s full moon, also known as the Strawberry Moon, rises tonight (June 3) and will flaunt its glory throughout the weekend.
Skywatchers in New York City will see the moon fully illuminated by the sun tonight at 11:42 p.m. ET (0342 GMT on June 4). It will be visible all night in the constellation Scorpius and set at 5:24 a.m. local time, As seen on In The Sky.
The moon, which will rise at 8:21 p.m. local time just a minute shy of sunset, will be visible about 10 degrees above the southeast horizon. Soon after, Mars and Venus will show themselves in the western sky as well. Venus, currently over 67 million miles (109 million kilometers) away from Earth, will be a bright white speck about 22 degrees above the horizon while the Red Planet, having just swept through the starry Beehive Cluster, can be seen not far off at 28 degrees above the horizon.
Antares, a red supergiant star on its deathbed about 604 light-years from Earth and the brightest member of the Scorpius constellation, will also be seen slightly to the moon’s upper right. Jupiter will share the night sky as well, but will rise much later; it can be spotted an hour before local sunrise about 11 degrees high in the southeast.
Aside from enjoying the full moon tonight, skywatchers can turn their telescopes towards Venus to see the hellish planet at dichotomy, meaning half of its visible disk will be dark. A filter will help bring out the darkened portion of the planet’s face.
An illustration of the night sky on June 3, 2023 showing Venus at dichotomy. (Image credit: Chris Vaughan/Starry Night)
The moon’s bright profile will make it difficult to identify the craters and mountains on its surface using binoculars or a small telescope, although special filters may help to increase contrast. After June 3, the moon will begin rising an hour later each night while also waning (meaning its illuminated portion is growing smaller) and will finally be lost in the sun’s glare with the new moon on June 18.
And you’re looking to take your own photos of the moon or night sky in general, check out our guide on how to photograph the moon, as well as our best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography.
Editor’s Note: If you snap an image of the full moon or any other night sky view that you’d like to share with Space.com and our news partners for a possible story or image gallery, send images and comments in to [email protected].