Second Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of Year 2020 Friday

Chandra Grahan June 2020: Date, time, where and how to watch the strawberry moon eclipse

Get ready for the full 'strawberry' moon on Friday

Before jumping into what a Strawberry Moon is and how you can see it in Australia, here's what you need to know about the three types of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbral.

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the Sun's light.

A penumbral lunar eclipse, also known as a "Strawberry Moon", will be occurring in the very early hours of the morning as the Earth, Moon and Sun all align. The eclipse will be at its full stage at 12:54 am on June 6.

The lunar eclipse on Friday will be the second of the four Penumbral Lunar Eclipses that will take place this year. As with other full moons, its name originates from Native Americans who used the moon to track seasons.

The penumbral eclipse will end at 2:34 am on June 6. During this eclipse the Moon will not be in the sky for most of the Americas.

A penumbra, the bureau said, refers to a partially shaded outer region of a shadow that an object casts. The lunar show begins at 1:45 p.m. EDT (17:45 UTC), but to catch the maximum eclipse, tune in at 3:24 p.m. EDT (19:24 UTC), according to, which explained that "the moon is below the horizon during this eclipse, so it is not possible to view it in NY".

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A partial solar eclipse happens when the sun, moon and the earth are not in a straight line. If you're going by "lunar month" (full moon to full moon) we'll have three.

It's worth noting that a penumbral eclipse can be more hard to see with the naked eye - this is because only a portion of the sun's light is blocked from reaching the moon. Moon watchers in India will be able to watch the full moon with their naked eyes unless the sky is too cloudy.

The Farmer's Almanac said: "At this time of year, when spring turns to summer and the flowers of May begin to fade, berries burst forth from bushes". It's Vat Purnima to Hindus and Poson Poya to Buddhists.

A second total solar eclipse is expected on December 14, expected to be visible across South Africa, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.

And if you're thinking the name Strawberry Moon is derived from its shady red colour, you're wrong.

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