Look Up! Strawberry Moon Coming Friday Night

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 22, 2020

Like anyone else who looks to the night sky occasionally, at Broadsheet we enjoy a good meteor shower, eclipse or even just a larger-than-average moon.

Filipinos can witness a penumbral lunar eclipse on Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. During a penumbral eclipse such as Friday's, however, the Moon just nicks the outer shadow of the Earth. The dimming effect won't be as a dramatic as a total eclipse and will be hard to detect for the casual watcher staring up at the sky. "Because the moon is farther away from Earth, it seems smaller and does not block the entire view of the sun, thus creating a "ring of fire" effect", PAGASA explained.

People across the world will be able to watch the full moon, however, for several countries in the Eastern Hemisphere (including India), the full moon on Friday will showcase a penumbral lunar eclipse.

According to the Royal Greenwich Observatory, the Strawberry Moon will rise at 8.12pm in the United Kingdom, and will be full for up to three days.

Why is this Full Moon called a Strawberry Moon?

In Europe, the moon in June is called by other names like Honey Moon, Mead Moon and Rose Moon. Strawberry Moons can also appear brown-red in color during a total lunar eclipse.

Tunis/Tunisia - A lunar eclipse is expected to occur this Friday, June 5, the National Institute of Meteorology announced on its website. There will be four such eclipses this year (the first was in January) - the last will be on 30 November. But this is a special event, which leads to three eclipses.

The eclipse occurs on June 5 from 17:45 Universal Time (UT) to 21:04 UT, and is visible from Europe and Africa eastward to Asia and Australia. The reason for this is that its central one - the June 20 annular eclipse - is very central, very close to the season's theoretical midst. At most, expect to see a slight shading on the southern limb of the Moon at maximum eclipse.

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