Strawberry Moon marks start of 'eclipse season' for astronomy fans

Strawberry Moon marks start of 'eclipse season' for astronomy fans

Ancient Mesopotamians too saw lunar eclipses as an assault on Earth's satellite.

Additionally, the month of June will feature the planet Mercury, an ordinarily hard-to-spot planet, becoming visible to stargazers with the aid of binoculars.

In a penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon and the sun will be on opposite sides of the earth, and the moon will be close enough that the earth's shadow will partially fall on it. There are a total of three types of eclipse: Partial Lunar eclipse, Penumbral lunar eclipse, and total lunar eclipse.

While it is called a Strawberry Moon, that doesn't mean it will appear red or pink, the name comes from the fact strawberries are ready to harvest this time of year.

Luckily, Saturday is set to have clear skies the night of, so both the lunar eclipse and "strawberry" moon should be in flawless view.

A penumbral eclipse is more subtle than a total eclipse but just as fascinating, according to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, explaining that the phenomenon occurs "when the Moon travels only through the outer, fainter part of the Earth's shadow, or "penumbra". This can also be why sometimes a penumbral lunar eclipse is mistaken as the full Moon. So consider it your reminder that summer strawberry season is here!

The first full moon of June was often associated with the first strawberries of the year by Algonquin tribes.

Brazil, western Africa and most of Europe will see the eclipse underway at moonrise Friday night, while the remainder of Africa and most of Asia see the entirety of the eclipse.

But in case of Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, there will be a slight dimming of the lunar surface, according to astrophysicists. Check online for popular YouTube sites that host such events live or head to The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0 where you will be able to watch a live webcast of the eclipse hosted by astronomer Gianluca Masi.

In the Eastern Time Zone of the United States, the next full moon will be on Friday afternoon, June 5, at 3:12 p.m, although it won't be visible until dusk. This is also called eclipse season. Apart from this, there is a solar eclipse scheduled to take place on 5th July 2020. Only North America will fail to observe the eclipse.

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