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Strawberry supermoon to peak Tuesday night

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Astrologists are setting their binoculars and telescopes aside Tuesday in anticipation of the Strawberry Moon, first named by Algonquin Native Americans for the start of the strawberry season.

Although the moon will not be red in color, it will appear 7 percent larger and 15 percent brighter as it is expected to be the brightest supermoon of the year.

Those wishing to see the supermoon in its fullest can look to the southeastern part of the skies as the sun sets on Tuesday, with the moon reaching its closest point to the Earth at 6:24 p.m.

The Strawberry Moon will also be the lowest full moon of the year, only rising 23.3 degrees from the horizon Wednesday morning.

Onlookers will be able to see more details of the moon’s face than usual, including its mountainous and crater-filled surface.

Click here to check the best time to watch the supermoon in your area.

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