How to view the “moon of the strawberry’ eclipse from any place on this weekend

Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project captured this view of the “strawberry” full moon of June 5, 2020.

Gianluca Masi/Virtual Telescope Project

Get ready to look toward the sky on the night of Friday. A full “strawberry moon” it is on the calendar, and that coincided with a slight partial eclipse in some parts of the world. While the moon was in its absolute fullness the Friday around noon PT, you will have several opportunities to enjoy the view. The moon will still look full until early on Sunday morning, according to NASA.

North america missed the eclipse, but the Project Virtual Telescope livestreamed the lunar case of Italy. If you don’t catch it live, you can watch the replay and enjoy a picture of the strawberry moon shared by the Virtual Telescope Project’s founder, the astrophysicist Gianluca Masi.

An eclipse penumbral is much more subtle than that of 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 what was going on, you might miss it. A partial eclipse penumbral of the Friday makes it even more difficult to detect a difference.

The inhabitants of the moon, however, would notice the effects. “For the spacecraft on the moon, such as Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the reduction in solar energy is remarkable,” NASA said.

Unfortunately, the “strawberry” nickname for the full moon of June is not referring to a color, but that seems to be an ancient reference to the strawberry crop of the season. NASA Gordon Johnston rounded up a list of alternative names for this month of the moon, including mead moon, honey moon, moon hot, and the planting of the moon.

Even if the last eclipse you, you can still take a moment to bask in the light of a beautiful full moon this weekend.

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