It's gonna be sweet: don't miss the Strawberry Moon eclipse

Strawberry moon to be witnessed on Friday All you need to know


For spacecraft at the Moon such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the reduction in solar power is noticeable.

That's because in North America, the name comes from Algonquin tribes of Native Americans. An old European name for this final spring full moon, meanwhile, is the "mead moon" or the "honey moon", since people considered honey to be the sweetest during June.

For Hindus, the June full Moon corresponds with Vat Purnima. The term "honeymoon" dates back in Europe to at least the 1500s.

The Strawberry Moon will coincide with a penumbral lunar eclipse, which means people in some places like Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe may see the moon change from white to a slightly darker color on Friday at 7.25 p.m. UT (3.25 p.m.).

Mead - an alcoholic drink from days of yore - was created by fermenting honey mixed with water, fruits, spices, grains or hops, while Rose Moon is derived from the romantic connotations tied to this time of the year. Nevertheless, the so-called "Strawberry Moon" will be visible to everyone. As the Sun is an extended light source, Earth's shadow has two components - a dark, central umbra, where the Sun is completely obscured, and a lighter outer penumbra, within which the obscuration is partial.

According to Earth and Sky, the full moon "will be close to the red super-giant star Antares", which is the brightest star in the constellation of Scorpius the Scorpion.


The best time for viewing, according to meteorologists, is just after sunset as it appears on the horizon.

June's full moon follows a succession of so-called "supermoons", whereby the moon appears bigger and brighter in the sky. It's when the Sun and Moon are aligned, with the Sun and Earth on opposite sides of the Moon. Sometimes the entire face glows brightly.

There were fears that rain clouds would dampen the spectacle but across the country people were able to take incredible pictures of the moon which appeared in different colours when the clouds cleared. This chart shows why this happens.

Although moon-gazers in North America won't be able to witness the partial eclipse in person, they can still livestream the lunar event thanks to the Virtual Telescope Project, which will stream the view above Rome's skyline in Italy beginning at 3 p.m. And penumbral eclipse leads to the Moon travelling to the Earth's penumbra where it faints a bit.

What is a full moon? In 2020, there are 13 full moon phases.

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