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'Honey Moon' Will Sweeten Our Skies Tonight

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A June moon (Photo by curiouser via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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A yellow so-called “honey moon” will make tonight’s full moon extra special.June’s full moon is referred to as a honey moon because it is the most likely full moon of the year to glow yellow, according to the Los Angeles Times. This happens because the moon faces directly opposite the sun during a full moon, and in June, the sun is the highest it’ll be all year in the Northern Hemisphere, while the moon is at its lowest in the sky, getting that honeybaked glow from the sun.

“Whenever the moon is low in the sky, we see it through a thick atmosphere and that turns it red or yellow or orange, just like the setting sun,” according to Alan MacRobert of Sky & Telescope.

To see the honey moon, you have a number of options: simply look up in the sky after sundown, head to the Griffith Observatory to look into the sky through one of their telescopes or check out the live feed below from the Canary Islands via Slooh.com starting at 6:30 PDT. Or just start scrolling through your Instagram feed tonight.

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