A full “strawberry moon” arrives on Friday, and it comes with a discreet partial eclipse for some parts of the world. Although the moon will be at its highest level on Friday around 12 o̵
North America will miss the eclipse, but the virtual telescope project will live stream the lunar event from Italy above Rome’s horizon. Mark your calendar at 12 on Friday, June 5 and visit the project’s web TV page to join.
A penumbral eclipse is much more subtle than a total eclipse. The moon slides through the earth’s outer (penumbral) shadow, which can trigger a slight darkening of the moon. If you didn’t know it happened, you might miss it. A partial penumbral eclipse like the one on Friday makes it even more difficult to detect a difference.
However, the moon’s citizens would notice the effects. “For lunar spaceships like the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the decrease in solar energy is noticeable,” NASA said.
Unfortunately, the “strawberry” nickname for the full moon in June does not refer to a color, but seems to be an old reference to the strawberry harvest season. NASA’s Gordon Johnston rounded up a list of alternative names for this month’s month, including meadow moon, honey moon, hot moon and planting moon.
Although the eclipse is too weak to detect, you can still take a moment to bask in the light of a lovely full moon this week.
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