A full "strawberry moon" arrives on Friday and will contain a subdued partial solar eclipse for some parts of the world. While the moon will be at its peak PT at noon on Friday, you have several options to enjoy the view. The moon still looks full from early Thursday morning to early Sunday morning, NASA said in a Monday press release.
North America will miss the solar eclipse, but the Virtual Telescope Project will livestream the lunar event from Italy over a view of the Rome Skyline. Mark your calendar for PT on Friday, June 5 at noon and visit the project's web TV page to get involved.
A penumbral eclipse is much more subtle than a total eclipse. The moon slides through the outer (penumbral) shadow of the earth, which can cause a slight eclipse of the moon. If you didn't know it was happening, you may be missing it. A partial penumbral solar eclipse like the one on Friday makes it even harder to spot a difference.
Moon residents, however, would notice the effects. "For moon spacecraft, such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the reduction in solar energy is noticeable," said NASA.
Unfortunately, the nickname "strawberry" for the June full moon does not refer to a color, but seems to be an old reference to the strawberry harvesting season. NASA's Gordon Johnston completed a list of alternative names for this month's moon, including fellow moon, honey moon, hot moon, and plant moon.
Even if the eclipse is too dim to detect, you can still take a moment to bask in the light of a glorious full moon this week.
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