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There will be a two-for-one special in the sky tonight

Grab your telescope and find the nearest hill — it's time to go stargazing.

Wednesday night is the optimal time to view two celestial events at once. The first is the whimsically named "strawberry moon," which derives its name not from its color (it looks just like any other full moon), but from the time of year; June's full moon was thought in old farming wisdom to signify the beginning of the strawberry-picking season on the East Coast of the U.S., Inverse reported. Tonight's full moon will reach its full phase just before 1 a.m. ET.

But in addition to this full moon, the Earth's orbit will bring it right between the sun and Saturn, causing a phenomenon known as "Saturn opposition." From sunset to sunrise, skywatchers will be able to spot the ringed planet at the "closest and brightest" it will get this year, Inverse explained.

While the strawberry moon is a one-night-only opportunity, Saturn's opposition will still be visible to some degree until September. And this summer will be full of more chances for vigilant viewers to see more celestial events, such as a total lunar eclipse in July and the Perseids meteor shower in August. Read more about tonight's spectacles at Inverse.