A full “strawberry moon” arrives on Friday, and it will come in an uneasy partial eclipse for some parts of the world. As the moon is perfect on PT noon Friday, you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the view. The moon will still look like from early Thursday morning to early Sunday morning, NASA said in a release Monday.
Miss America will miss the eclipse, but the Virtual Telescope Project will livestream the lunar event from Italy above a view of the Rome skyline. Mark your calendar for the noon PT on Friday, June 5, and visit the project̵7;s web TV page to join.
A penumbral eclipse is more subtle than a total eclipse. The moon slides out of the Earth’s (penumbral) shade, which can trigger a slight darkening of the moon. If you didn’t know it was happening, you could miss it. A slight restoration of the eclipse as on Friday makes the distinction more difficult to see.
Denizens of the month, however, will notice the effects. “For spacecraft on the Moon such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the reduction in solar power is noticeable,” NASA said.
Unfortunately, the “strawberry” nickname for the month of June does not refer to one color, but it seems to be an old reference during the strawberry harvest. NASA’s John Johnston rounded out the list of alternative names for this month’s moon, including mead moon, honey moon, hot moon and planting months.
Although the eclipse is too dim to see, you can still take a chance to read in the light of a lovely full moon this week.
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